In a world where entrepreneurial success often seems deceptively accessible, it is not always clear what makes a person entrepreneurial. In The Reflective Entrepreneur, Dimo Dimov offers a reflective insight into the entrepreneurial journey, striking up a conversation about entrepreneurship in order to challenge and untangle existing preconceptions.

A discussion of challenges and tensions such as idea versus opportunity, genius versus lunatic and skill versus luck forms the foundation of the book, while the second part offers actions and considerations which can help the reader to seek opportunities in a fractious environment. The final part of the text focuses on the collective spirit in entrepreneurship, arising from the interplay between participation and outcomes.

The author brings a succinct diversity to the field, making this book essential reading for postgraduate students on entrepreneurship courses, as well as scholars, researchers, and practitioners looking for a new perspective on entrepreneurship.

Part I: Tensions of the entrepreneurial journey

1. Idea vs. opportunity

2. Genius vs. lunatic

3. Skill vs. luck

4. Judgment and the entrepreneurial journey

Part II: The journey from the inside

5. Future

6. Milestones and problems

7. Managing internal pressures

8. Managing external pressures

Part III: The journey from the outside

9. Entrepreneurship and sport

10. Entrepreneurial impact as emergent development

Dimo Dimov’s innovative book examines what it means to be an entrepreneurial scholar, drawing on a range of philosophical ideas to investigate the study of entrepreneurs. Dimov makes the case for entrepreneurial scholarship to become more future-oriented and creates a framework, highlighting four styles and approaches to the field: theoretical, integrative, craft and clinical. This thought-provoking book will be a stimulating read for academics and students of entrepreneurship, and its accessible format will also appeal to reflective practitioners.


1. Scholarship, knowledge, concepts

2. Entrepreneurship as an academic subject

3. Knowledge and reality

4. Scholar and entrepreneur

5. A framework for scholarly inquiry

6. Awakening the entrepreneurial scholar

7. Conclusion