New Titles from the Kauffman Foundation

Following is a preview of seven new book titles funded by the Kauffman Foundation, from leading scholars on topics related to entrepreneurship and innovation in a wide range of academic disciplines and perspectives.

Chance & Intent

Managing the Risks of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

By David L. Bodde and Caron H. St. John

Uncertainty. Ambiguity. Ignorance. All three hazards are magnified in the realm of entrepreneurship and innovation. This edited volume emphasizes practical strategies for understanding and managing the risks of a new venture.

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Solomon's Knot

How Law Can End the Poverty of Nations

By Robert D. Cooter and Hans-Bernd Schäfer

In this addition to the Kauffman Foundation Series on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the authors propose a theory of economic growth detailing how property, contract, and business laws unite capital and ideas – and allow economies to thrive.

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State of Disrepair

Fixing the Culture and Practices of the State Department

By Kori N. Schake

This West Point professor explains how current deficiencies in focus, education, and programmatic proficiency impede the work at State, and suggests how investing in those areas can make the agency more successful at building stable and prosperous democratic governments across the globe.

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The Founder's Dilemmas

Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup

By Noam Wasserman

Part of the Kauffman Series on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, it's the first book to examine the early decisions that can make or break a startup. Quantitative data on almost 10,000 founders complement the inside stories of the founders of Twitter, Pandora and more.

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The Rate and Direction of Inventive Activity Revisited

Edited by Josh Lerner and Scott Stern

This edited volume revisits the findings of the 1962 classic book and offers new theoretical and empirical contributions to fundamental questions relating to the economics of innovation and technological change.

Learn more at The University of Chicago Press  

The Coming Prosperity

How Entrepreneurs Are Transforming the Global Economy

By Philip Auerswald

Deft analysis of economic trends is paired with stories of entrepreneurs making transformative differences in their communities and the world, demonstrating their ability to maintain the vitality of mature economies and enhance the viability of emerging ones.

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A Rising Tide

Financing Strategies for Women-Owned Firms

By Susan Coleman and Alicia M. Robb

Explore the financial strategies that have helped today's bold and creative women entrepreneurs succeed. Each chapter includes conclusions from the latest research on financing women-owned firms, along with real-world case studies that bring entrepreneurial lessons and powerful insight to life.

Learn more at Stanford University Press