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Scott Shane Author of Illusions of Entrepreneurship

In This Podcast Episode

Rob McNealy interviews author and Case Western Reserve University Professor, Scott Shane, about his book The Illusions of Entrepreneurship: The Costly Myths That Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Policy Makers Live By.

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Scott Shane’s Bio

Illusion of Entrepreneurship on AmazonDr. Scott Shane is the A. Malachi Mixon III, Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, in the Department of Economics at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He is the author of over sixty articles and ten books on topics about entrepreneurship around the world. He is also an angel investor, and a member of the Northcoast Angel Fund.

Dr. Shane received his Ph.D. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His previous faculty appointments include University of Maryland, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Georgia Institute of Technology. His current research examines: (1) how entrepreneurs discover and evaluate opportunities, assemble resources, and design organizations; (2) university spin-offs and technology transfer; (3) business format franchising; (4) angel investing; and (5) genetic factors in entrepreneurship. Dr. Shane has consulted to numerous large and small organizations, and has taught in executive education programs around the world.

The Illusions of Entrepreneurship is an excellent and essential resource for anyone who has dreamed of starting a new business, for investors in start-ups, policy makers attempting to facilitate the formation and survival of new businesses and researchers interested in the economic impact of entrepreneurial activity. Scott Shane offers research-based answers to these questions and many others:

  • Why do people start businesses?
  • What industries are popular for start-ups?
  • How many jobs do new businesses create?
  • How do entrepreneurs finance their start-ups?
  • What makes some locations and some countries more entrepreneurial than others?
  • What are the characteristics of the typical entrepreneur?

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