Entrepreneurship is the capability to be an entrepreneur. Beyond that idea is an ideology that a person's business actions result in industrial growth or technical advances, making that person a leader in the economic world. The contributors to this latest volume in the Praxiology Series, now available in paperback, are united in claiming that resourcefulness is a characteristic of people who take effective action, and that effectiveness is dependent on good, ethical purposes.
The wide-angle definition of entrepreneurship presented in this volume demands that people and organizations engage in more than simple self-interest, but also display awareness of the prospects for wider growth and advances resulting from their decisions. In a period of financial crisis caused by irresponsible behavior by eminent would-be "entrepreneurs" the significance of this perspective should be evident. The editors claim that growth, not stagnation, advantage, not decline, are irreversible traits of business activity. This is why the very concept of entrepreneurship calls for values and responsibility-even more than in the past.
The contributors develop the idea of entrepreneurship from both theoretical approaches religious and practical, or applied perspectives. This inter- and multidisciplinary approach offers readers a chance to rebuild trust in entrepreneurship.
About the Author
Wojciech W. Gasparski is professor emeritus of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences and chair in business ethics at Koźmiński University, Warsaw, Poland.
Stefan Kwiatkowski is professor of management and chairman of UNESCO/EOLSS Chair of Intellectual Entrepreneurship in the World of Work and Higher Education for Sustainable Development Leo V. Ryan, CSV is professor of management and dean emeritus, College of Commerce and Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, DePaul University, Chicago. He is co-editor of Human Action in Business, Business Students Focus on Ethics, and of the Praxiology series.
Table of Contents
Editorial -Wojciech W. GasparskiIntroduction -Leo V. Ryan, CSVPart One: Perspectives on EntrepreneurshipEntrepreneurship from a Praxiology Point of View -Wojciech W. GasparskiThe Twelve Tribes of Entrepreneurship -Harold P. WelschA Model of the Discovery, Assembly, and Viability of Entrepreneurial Opportunities -Patrick J. MurphyEntrepreneurship, Ethics, and the Good Society -George G. BrenkertThe Ethical Significance of Entrepreneurship -Martin E. SandbuPericulum and Business Responsibility: On the Scholastic Attitude toward Entrepreneurship -Marcin BukaaPart Two: Religion and EntrepreneurshipThe Entrepreneurial Vocation -Rev. Robert A. SiricoThe Profit of Values: A Christian Vision of Corporate Social Responsibilities -Laurent MortreuilEntrepreneurship and Catholic Social Teaching -Anthony PercyThe Spirit of Jewish Entrepreneurship -Moses L. PavaTowards an Understanding of Islam and Muslim Entrepreneurship in the Middle East -David Pistrui and Josiane Fahed-SreihPart Three: Entrepreneurship in ActionValor-based Leadership: Losing the Excuses -C. Richard PanicoWomen as Entrepreneurs -Patricia H. WerhaneThe Psychological Impact of the Transformations on Polish Entrepreneurship -Andrzej StrzaeckiEntrepreneurship and Ethics: The Start-Up FlawJerzy CielikMicro-Venturing: Paradoxes, Dilemmas and the Role for Big Business -James H. DavisEpilogueEntrepreneurship, Values and Responsibility: The Message -Stefan KwiatkowskiNotes about the Authors and EditorsNotes about the Publication Sources