“A very good primer on business startups in the twenty first century. The book is practice oriented, well-written and includes a good overview of the key areas of importance for the budding entrepreneur.” Author: Robert W. Robertson
“I really like the chapter on design thinking; IT TEACHES STUDENTS HOW TO THINK (outside the box), to identify an idea and develop it.” Author: Bill Zannini
“It SPEAKS FRANKLY ABOUT SUBJECTS in a personal manner that most other textbooks don’t address―like worry and fear.” Author: Timothy Ritter
“I think [the coverage of learning from failure] is a welcome change! Students learn so much by hearing strategies of overcoming ‘what went wrong’ and how to do it right the next time. I COMMEND THE AUTHORS for taking this approach and am glad that they included this vital part of the entrepreneurial process.” Author: Amy Gresock
“I think this book is STRONG, LEADING EDGE VIEW of modern entrepreneurship. The three chapters I reviewed did a wonderful job of presenting the entrepreneurial mindset, design thinking, and failing forward.” Author: Charlie Nagelschmidt
“I think the greatest strength of the book is that it is CLEAR YET INSIGHTFUL. It felt easy to read, while providing deep and important knowledge about entrepreneurship.” Author: Laurent Josien
“Neck takes research and translates it into practical examples. This is a textbook that entrepreneurs will read. Essentially, I see this as the NEW PERFECT ENTREPRENEURSHIP TEXT.” Author: Ryan Kauth
“A book on entrepreneurship that is updated, current and relevant to the boomers, gen X, gen Y and the Millennials. It is a playbook, not a dry textbook. Readers can change their lives, perspectives and business models with this work.” Author: Paula A. White
“Only book that is updated and current, reflecting new developments in society in the era of internet/social media.” Author: Ram Kesavan
“Professors (and students) serious about entrepreneurship as a practice will choose this text.” Author: Susan Berston
About the Author
Heidi M. Neck, PhD, is a Babson College Professor and the Jeffry A. Timmons Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies. She has taught entrepreneurship at the undergraduate, MBA and executive levels. Neck is the President of the United States Association of Small Business & Entrepreneurship (USASBE), an academic organization dedicated to the advancement of entrepreneurship education. She is Faculty Director of The Babson Collaborative, a global institutional membership organization for colleges and universities seeking to increase their capability and capacity in entrepreneurship education. Additionally, Neck is Faculty Director of Babson’s Symposia for Entrepreneurship Educators (SEE)― programs designed to further develop faculty from around the world in the of art and craft of teaching entrepreneurship and building entrepreneurship programs. Through her leadership she has directly trained over 2,000 educators around the world. An award-winning teacher, Neck has been recognized for teaching excellence at Babson for undergraduate, graduate, and executive education. She has also been recognized by international organizations, the Academy of Management and USASBE, for excellence in pedagogy and course design. Most recently in 2016 The Schulze Foundation awarded her “Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year” for pushing the frontier of entrepreneurship education in higher education.
Her research interests include entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurship inside organizations, and creative thinking. Neck is the lead author of Teaching Entrepreneurship: A Practice-Based Approach (Elgar Publishing)―a book written to help educators teach entrepreneurship in more experiential and engaging ways. Additionally, she has published 40+ book chapters, research monographs, and refereed articles in such journals as Journal of Small Business Management, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, and International Journal of Entrepreneurship Education. She is on the editorial board of the Academy of Management Learning & Education journal and is a Forbes blogger on entrepreneurship content.
Neck speaks and teaches internationally on cultivating the entrepreneurial mindset and espousing the positive force of entrepreneurship as a societal change agent. She consults and trains organizations of all sizes on building entrepreneurial capacity. She is the cofounder of VentureBlocks, an entrepreneurship education technology company and co-owner of FlowDog, a canine aquatic fitness and rehabilitation center located just outside of Boston. Heidi earned her PhD in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She holds a BS in Marketing from Louisiana State University and an MBA from the University of Colorado, Boulder.