2nd Edition

Talent, Temperament, Technique

Authors: Bill Bolton John Thompson
Paperback ISBN: 9780750661287
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 30th June 2004
Page Count: 384


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This new edition completely up-dates the text and takes account of recent work. New material replaces existing information so that individuals such as Michelle Mone (taking on giants) and Ken Morrison, and the stories of Yo Sushi and Lonely Planet are included.The following features are incorporated :Social enterprises (which generate income) are separated from community based ventures which are more grant dependent. The story of Aspire will be introduced and The Storm Model Agency The chapter on the Entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley is to be re-crafted and moved towards the end of the book. It covers both the entrepreneurs and the process and context issues that have helped explain the Silicon Valley phenomenon. The New Internet Entrepreneurs chapter is now to come immediately after Chapter 4 and will be rewritten to include new stories on E-Bay (success) and e-Toys (failure).. There is to be a stronger section on the characteristics of 'The Entrepreneur Enabler' - people who advise and support entrepreneurs . Web support materials and worked examples are to be written for academic adoptions.

Key Features

  • Shows what entrepreneurs do and achieve? How they go about it
  • Web support materials now included for academic courses.
  • There is a website available for this text which is www.efacets.co.uk. A password and username is available when you log in to this site where you will be able to access the Facets Indicator Report.


2nd and 3rd year undergraduate on Entrepreneurship and Business Enterprise courses and MBA. Senior Managers

Table of Contents

Identifying the Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs and Strategy, Legendary Entrepreneurs, Business Entrepreneurs, Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs, Artistic and Aesthetic Entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurs in the Shadows, The Entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley, The New Internet Entrepreneurs, The Entrepreneur's World, How The Entrepreneur Operates, How The Entrepreneur Can Be Helped and Supported, How The Entrepreneur Survives and Wins, Techniques for the Entrepreneur


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About the Author

Bill Bolton

Bill Bolton is the author of many books on technical subjects for students at schools and colleges. During his career Bill has: taught in Further Education; been a team member of the Nuffield Advanced Physics Project; worked overseas for Unesco; was Head of Research, Development and Monitoring at BTEC; and has been a consultant to a number of projects concerned with Further Education.

Affiliations and Expertise

International Consultant in Enterprise Development and Entrepreneurship.

John Thompson

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Huddersfield


'This is an absorbing and illuminating read. Through hundreds of real life examples and case histories from every imaginable type of entrepreneur we can understand the talent, temperament and technique involved. Entrepreneurs are irrepressible and jump over fences most people would refuse.' Tony Robinson, Chief Executive, Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative. 'This is the most comprehensive treatment of the entrepreneur on the market. It is a must for all potential entrepreneurs and for those involved in Government and academic programmes with responsibility for identifying, nurturing and developing the growing pool of entrepreneurial talent.' Dr Pat Frain, Director, University Industry Programme, University College Dublin.