24 Best Books on Entrepreneurship

We have compiled a list of the Best Reference Books on Entrepreneurship, which are used by students of top universities, and colleges. This will help you choose the right book depending on if you are a beginner or an expert. Here is the complete list of Entrepreneurship Books with their authors, publishers, and an unbiased review of them as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase them. If permissible, you can also download the free PDF books on Entrepreneurship below.

1. Entrepreneurial Development

1."Entrepreneurial Development" by Khanka S S
“Entrepreneurial Development” Book Review: There is a presentation of various aspects of entrepreneurship in this book. The topics have been clearly explained. The topics have been described in a simple and easy language. Assessment Questions are included in this book. Glossary, Bibliography, Author Index, Subject Index and Abbreviations are given at the end of the book. This book is useful for B.Com., M.Com., and MBA students of all Indian Universities.

2."Entrepreneurial Development and Small Business Management" by Dr P T Vijayashree & M Alagammai
3."Entrepreneurial Development" by Desai
“Entrepreneurial Development” Book Review: This book contains topics like the concepts and characteristics of Entrepreneurial Types, the qualities and functions of entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurial Traits as well as Types. The book also talks about Women Entrepreneurs and the role and Importance of Entrepreneurs in Economic Growth. The Entrepreneurship Theories and Development, EDP Objectives and promotional policies and strategies for small Scale Industries in India have been discussed. Other topics like Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Motivation, Entrepreneurial Success in Rural Areas, Fixed and Working Capital Assessment have also explained.

4."Dynamics of Entrepreneurial Development and Management" by V Desai
“Dynamics of Entrepreneurial Development and Management” Book Review: This book has a systematic, purposeful and objective study of a wide range of disciplines, cultural variances, value systems and environment around us. This book talks about the entrepreneurial development and management that has been recognized globally as the key to rapid and suitable economic development as well as the welfare and progress of mankind. This book is useful for graduate and undergraduate students as well as teachers and those in the field of Entrepreneurial Development and Management.

5."Business Development for Dummies" by Anna Kennedy
“Business Development for Dummies” Book Review: This book helps to maximize the growth of small or medium-sized businesses with a step-by-step model for business development designed specifically for B2B or B2C service firms. This book helps owners and managers to focus on growth through effective customer nurturing and management by mapping business development to customer life cycle. The book’s in-depth coverage also includes strategy, marketing, client management and partnerships / alliances which helps to develop robust business practices that can be used every day. This book helps readers structure, organize and execute an effective development plan with step-by-step expert guidance. This book can be used by those in the field of entrepreneurial development and small or medium sized businesses.

6."Entrepreneurial Development" by Nuzhath Khatoon
“Entrepreneurial Development” Book Review: This book is about enterprise and entrepreneurship and the role of entrepreneurship in the economic, social and cultural development of the country. This book is written in very simple language so that the students can understand the concept. The book has the latest information and techniques that have been introduced in various topics with examples of present scenarios. Each chapter in this book has learning questions, exercises to solve for self-assessment and to confirm the understanding of the subject. Topics like Entrepreneur and Entrepreneurship, Factors Affecting Entrepreneurial Growth, Small Enterprise, Marketing for small and Medium Enterprises, Institutional Finance to Entrepreneurs and Venture Capital are available. This book acts as a guide for the students of Business Management.

7."Entrepreneurial Development" by Dr C B Gupta and Dr N P Srinivasan
8."Entrepreneurial Finance, Third Edition: Finance and Business Strategies for the Serious Entrepreneur" by Steven Rogers and Roza E Makonnen
“Entrepreneurial Finance, Third Edition: Finance and Business Strategies for the Serious Entrepreneur” Book Review: This book acts as a guide for setting up and managing business finances. This book offers methods for keeping firm financial control of the enterprise and gives helpful tips for avoiding the financial barriers. This book helps in understanding financial statements and measuring cash flow and also in making a company profitable, valuing a company, and raising additional debt and equity capital. It features expert coverage of phantom stock, options, and ratio analysis used for businesses small and large. This book provides the essential tools for building and maintaining steady profitability and business longevity in the most difficult economy in generations. This book discusses business plans, financial statements and money (cash flows). Information on crowdsourcing, “intrapreneurship,” and debt and equity capital is given. It has provided case studies of companies that were successfully launched during recessions. This book consists of the latest research and step-by-step guidelines for what must be done. This book is useful for future and existing entrepreneurs.

9."Women Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurial Skills Development" by imusti
“Women Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurial Skills Development” Book Review: This book is about the impact of Entrepreneurial Skills Development Programmes (ESDPs) on Women Entrepreneurs for finding out the effectiveness of the programmes in promoting entrepreneurial skills acquisition and utilization among women entrepreneurs for achieving the objective of sustainable economic development. The population for the study is made up of two hundred and eighty (280) entrepreneurs from Kundana State – Nigeria. The book discusses the impact of ESDPs on the performance of women entrepreneurs in terms of turnover level, number of employees, market availability and profit before tax. The research provided in this book shows that post ESDPs periods were better than the pre period in all the variables tested. This book can be referred to by those interested in reading about women entrepreneurs and their development.

10."Destination Success: Discovering the Entrepreneurial Journey" by Sri Gaddam
“Destination Success: Discovering the Entrepreneurial Journey” Book Review: This book talks about how people believe the story that everyone wakes up and goes to work thinking that there is more to life. This book discusses the risk reward factor and success in depth. It will help survey your life and think about making great changes which will be far better and fulfilling. This book is for those who feel professionally unfulfilled and want to change their life to elevate it and for those who look forward to entrepreneurial success.

11."Entrepreneurship Development" by S Anil Kumar
“Entrepreneurship Development” Book Review: This book would serve as a text book for various undergraduate courses like B. Com., B. A. and B. Sc. (Vocational). It also serves the needs of Bio-technology, BBM, MBA students and entrepreneurs. This book provides treatment for a wide range of issues involved in the development of entrepreneurship. It gives an understanding into the recognition of business opportunities, creating a venture and financing and managing it. This book additionally explains the choice of technology and equipment, man, machine and materials management, etc. The book focuses on various legal provisions relevant to entrepreneurship. It also contains a chapter on social responsibility and business ethics.

12."Entrepreneurship Development and Management" by A K Singh
13."Entrepreneurship Development And Management" by Lal A

2. Social Entrepreneurship

1."Social Entrepreneurship (What Everyone Needs To Know)" by Bornstein and Davis
“Social Entrepreneurship (What Everyone Needs To Know)” Book Review: This book gives you some exceptional ways to understand and apply the whole idea of entrepreneurship/social entrepreneurship suitable for students interested in the field. The book will give readers an understanding of what differentiates social entrepreneurship from standard business ventures and how it differs from traditional grant-based non-profit work. You’ll learn what the difference is between social entrepreneurship and a regular business venture and traditional non-profits.

2."Social Entrepreneurship: Working towards Greater Inclusiveness" by Rama Krishna Reddy Kummitha
“Social Entrepreneurship: Working towards Greater Inclusiveness” Book Review: This book explains Indian social enterprises to yield valuable lessons for successful, sustainable, context-sensitive, and inclusive development more generally. This book illustrates the challenges of organizations that tackle problems grounded in particular normative and power relations that cannot be targeted just by technical innovations and quick fixes. This book and the case studies it contains offer valuable insight into how social enterprise pioneers in India have experimented, learned, and started to create much-needed alternative social realities helping the students to enhance their ideas. The case studies in this book focus on the roles of locally established methods and community participation in carrying out sustainable social transformation.

3."Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Case Studies, Practices and Perspectives" by Francesco Molinari and Brendan Galbraith
4."Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works" by Roger L Martin and Sally Osberg
“Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works” Book Review: This book is intended for businesses, policy-makers, and civil society organizations to generate new value, again and again. The book works with a probing and useful theory of social entrepreneurship. The book “Getting Beyond Better” offers a bold new framework demonstrating how and why meaningful change happens in the world and offers concrete lessons and practical models.

5."Social Capital and Entrepreneurship (Foundations and Trends in Entrepreneurship)" by Phillip H Kim and Howard E Aldrich
“Social Capital and Entrepreneurship (Foundations and Trends in Entrepreneurship)” Book Review: This book on “Social Capital and Entrepreneurship” offers three empirical generalizations about social networks and shows how the concepts of homophily, social boundaries, and bounded rationality provide a framework for understanding the observations. In analyzing these generalizations, well-established theoretical contributions and empirical findings from the social capital and social networks literature are provided in this book to help the user understand these concepts. This book is intended for scholars and graduate students in the field of entrepreneurship who wish to learn the basic vocabulary of social network and social capital analyses. Besides, entrepreneurs can gain insight into the use of social networks in practice.

6."The Business of Good: Social Entrepreneurship and the New Bottom Line" by Jason Haber
“The Business of Good: Social Entrepreneurship and the New Bottom Line” Book Review: This book is suitable for Millennials, business executives, nonprofits, doers, and dreamers. This book brings a much-needed fresh and innovative look at social entrepreneurship. This book examines Capitalism 2.0, philanthropy, and the role and power of media alongside the world’s response as social entrepreneurship changes how we give, how we invest, and who we are giving a closer view for students to learn the same.

7."Handbook of Research on Social Entrepreneurship and Solidarity Economics (Advances in Finance, Accounting, and Economics)" by Jose Manuel Saiz-Alvarez
“Handbook of Research on Social Entrepreneurship and Solidarity Economics (Advances in Finance, Accounting, and Economics)” Book Review: This book focuses on practical experience and theoretical models for popularizing the concept of social entrepreneurship as a critical element of economic growth. This book highlights how social entrepreneurship benefits developing regions, small and medium enterprises, and low-income communities. This text research is a crucial reference source for professionals, academics, and graduate-level students in the fields of economics, business administration, sociology, education, politics, and international relations.

8."Hybrid Organizations: Social Enterprise and Social Entrepreneurship" by Jacqueline M Edwards
9."Entrepreneurship and Social Capital: Relationships and Start-ups in Indian Ict Industry" by Anirban Sengupta
“Entrepreneurship and Social Capital: Relationships and Start-ups in Indian Ict Industry” by Anirban SenguptaBook Review: This book is an effort to understand sociologically the experience of information and communications technology (ICT) entrepreneurs in starting up and running new enterprises. This book is based on rich qualitative data collected from founders of small and medium enterprises situated in different Indian cities. This book attempts to understand entrepreneurship using the framework of social capital. Primarily aimed at an academic audience, this book is also suitable for civil society organizations and policymakers attempting to understand and promote entrepreneurship. [Subject: South Asian Studies, Information & Communications Technology, Economics, Sociology].

10."The Social Entrepreneur's Playbook: Pressure Test, Plan, Launch and Scale Your Social Enterprise" by Ian C MacMillan and James D Thompson
“The Social Entrepreneur’s Playbook: Pressure Test, Plan, Launch and Scale Your Social Enterprise” Book Review: This new edition guides each phase: Phase One: Pressure Test Your Start-Up Idea. Based on the free ebook, this expanded section now includes advice on setting revenue and social impact goals, how to navigate the sociopolitical landscape, and how to develop a strong concept statement. Besides, this book provides advice on how to identify and test a proposed revenue-generating solution and define and segment your target population. This book goes through the following phases; Phase One: Pressure Test Your Start-Up Idea. Phase Two: Plan Your Social Enterprise. Phase Three: Launch and Scale Your Social Enterprise. The new edition of this book offers this critical phase to show you how to frame and scope the venture, determine what it will take to deliver a sustainable enterprise, identify the key assumptions that have been made, and design checkpoints to test those assumptions before making major investments. From this book, one will learn how to effectively launch your enterprise, manage upside potential and downside risk, and strategically scale-up. This book is filled with accessible frameworks and tools, as well as inspiring stories of social entrepreneurs. This book is intended for any aspiring or active social entrepreneur, as well as philanthropists, foundations, and nonprofits interested in doing more good with fewer resources. This book also includes access to downloadable planning documents, with user-friendly spreadsheets.

11."The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses" by Eric Ries
“The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses” Book Review: This book focuses on increasing the capital efficiency of the companies and using human creativity to its highest level. The book explains various concepts such as validated learning, vanity metrics and more. It puts forward new ideas to make the company agile and flexible. This book teaches the use of continuous innovation to create radically successful businesses. It is designed for budding entrepreneurs who want to implement innovative techniques for making their business successful.

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