Scott Shane

Scott Shane

Professor at Case Western Reserve University

Scott Shane is the A. Malachi Mixon III professor of entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University. His books include Illusions of Entrepreneurship: The Costly Myths That Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Policy Makers Live by (Yale University Press, 2008) and Finding Fertile Ground: Identifying Extraordinary Opportunities for New Businesses (Pearson Prentice Hall, 2005).

30 Recent Stories

Why Americans Love Small Business
The 'Treps

Why Americans Love Small Business

The latest studies show consumers are willing to pay more to buy from a small business than a big one. Here's a look at five reasons why Americans are rooting for entrepreneurs.
Why Consumer Credit Matters to Small Businesses (Opinion)
Financing

Why Consumer Credit Matters to Small Businesses (Opinion)

Washington's recent efforts to protect consumers may be hampering small-business growth.
Entrepreneurship Is a Midlife Game (Opinion)
Lifestyle

Entrepreneurship Is a Midlife Game (Opinion)

Contrary to popular opinion and the media's fascination with young entrepreneurs, baby boomers are more likely to run their own businesses than 20-somethings.
Jesse Jackson: Turn Big-Company Tax Dodging into Small-Business Funding (Opinion)
Tax Center

Jesse Jackson: Turn Big-Company Tax Dodging into Small-Business Funding (Opinion)

The liberal activist recently proposed using multinationals' overseas cash to fund U.S. small businesses.
We Need Smarter Business-Owner Retirement Plans, Not More (Opinion)
Retirement Planning

We Need Smarter Business-Owner Retirement Plans, Not More (Opinion)

Small-business owners' optimism often hinders their retirement planning. Behavioral economics has some ideas about what it would take to get you to plan for your golden years.
It's the Uncertainty, Stupid (Opinion)
Tax Center

It's the Uncertainty, Stupid (Opinion)

Washington policy makers would like nothing more than for small business to boost hiring and investment. The best thing they could do is come to some agreement on the deficit and enact rules about all
The Fiscal Cliff Deal and Small-Business Job Creation
Tax Center

The Fiscal Cliff Deal and Small-Business Job Creation

While the political compromise in Washington might have been an overall plus for the U.S. economy, the measures are likely to damp small-business employment.
What Entrepreneurs Need to Know About What's Ahead in 2013 for the U.S. Economy
Tax Center

What Entrepreneurs Need to Know About What's Ahead in 2013 for the U.S. Economy

Given the business outlook for the coming year, it's hard to find any winners and the list of losers is long.
Are Small-Business Owners Going to Spoil the Mood? (Opinion)
Go Forward

Are Small-Business Owners Going to Spoil the Mood? (Opinion)

Despite the headlines about rising consumer confidence, the U.S. economy isn't looking up. Business owners' pessimism remains a drag on the recovery.
Love Obamacare? Get Ready for More Health-Care Legislation
Compensation and Benefits

Love Obamacare? Get Ready for More Health-Care Legislation

Most Americans don't like the 'market solution' to the problem of escalating health-insurance costs. The best option for employers and employees alike is to push for government policies that lower the
What's the Best Outcome for Small Business on the Fiscal Cliff? (Opinion)
Tax Center

What's the Best Outcome for Small Business on the Fiscal Cliff? (Opinion)

Entrepreneurship professor Scott Shane's insights on how spending cuts and tax increases could affect you.
Closing the African-American Startup Gap (Opinion)
Starting a Business

Closing the African-American Startup Gap (Opinion)

Targeted minority-lending programs have had only limited success in encouraging new-business creation among minorities. Could crowd-funding help close the startup gap?
Is Romney Right About Startup Rates Dropping? (Opinion)
Startup Basics

Is Romney Right About Startup Rates Dropping? (Opinion)

Republican presidential candidate and former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney set fact-checkers scrambling during this week's debate when he stated that new business startups were at 30-year lows.
Romney Is Right on Foreign Aid (Opinion)
Financing

Romney Is Right on Foreign Aid (Opinion)

The Republican challenger delivered an important message for economic development at the Clinton Global Initiative. U.S. foreign aid, he said, should be linked to efforts to promote free enterprise in
Should Small Business Fear the Fiscal Cliff? (Opinion)
Tax Center

Should Small Business Fear the Fiscal Cliff? (Opinion)

Think concerns over the coming federal spending cuts and tax increases are overblown? Think again. Here's why.
Why the Fed Should Ease Up on Weak Small Banks (Opinion)
Bank Loans and Microloans

Why the Fed Should Ease Up on Weak Small Banks (Opinion)

Lending to small businesses has dropped, but experts disagree on the reason.
Convincing Small Business that Prosperity Is Just Around the Corner (Opinion)
Go Forward

Convincing Small Business that Prosperity Is Just Around the Corner (Opinion)

Optimism among small business owners has been slow to recover as the economy emerges from recession.
Incentives Needed to Spur Federal Agencies to Meet Small-Business Contracting Goals (Opinion)
Growth Strategies

Incentives Needed to Spur Federal Agencies to Meet Small-Business Contracting Goals (Opinion)

The SBA reports that it has tried to increase the share of federal dollars going to small businesses by implementing new contracting provisions. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear to be working.
Young Entrepreneurs: Not the Cure for What Ails the Economy (Opinion)
Young Entrepreneurs

Young Entrepreneurs: Not the Cure for What Ails the Economy (Opinion)

Interest is high in supporting youth entrepreneurship and often seen as a way to help create jobs and turn the economy. But a closer look at the issues shows that these notions may be little more than
Senate Bill Would Undermine University Tech Inventions (Opinion)
Inventing

Senate Bill Would Undermine University Tech Inventions (Opinion)

A proposed measure intended to encourage more high-tech startups is misguided, our columnist argues. Increasing academic research funding is the better route for fostering innovation.
Small-Business Owners Still Waiting for a Rebound (Opinion)
Go Forward

Small-Business Owners Still Waiting for a Rebound (Opinion)

Business owners have been hit harder than others in the Great Recession, largely due to their greater share of home-equity debt. Here's what's needed for a small-business recovery.
The Twisted Logic Behind the Regulatory Freeze for Jobs Act (Opinion)
Growing Your Business

The Twisted Logic Behind the Regulatory Freeze for Jobs Act (Opinion)

To spur job creation, Congress is voting soon on a moratorium on regulation. Columnist Scott Shane says it's not the answer to our business problems.
Should the U.S. President Have Business Experience? (Opinion)
Leadership

Should the U.S. President Have Business Experience? (Opinion)

Why success in the private sector doesn't necessarily translate into an effective leadership.
7 Reasons Small Business Supports Romney (Opinion)
Money

7 Reasons Small Business Supports Romney (Opinion)

Small-business owners overwhelmingly favor Mitt Romney over Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election. Here are seven reasons why.
Why Congress Shouldn't Fund Business Incubators (Opinion)
Startup Basics

Why Congress Shouldn't Fund Business Incubators (Opinion)

Before spending money on business incubators, Congress should first figure out whether we really need more in the U.S. and whether they actually help create jobs.
Grads: Want to Be an Entrepreneur? Get a Job (Opinion)
Young Entrepreneurs

Grads: Want to Be an Entrepreneur? Get a Job (Opinion)

If your heart is set on running your own business, you could raise your odds of success by first getting some experience on your resume and money in the bank.
Listen to Small Business: Don't Increase the Minimum Wage (Opinion)
Compensation and Benefits

Listen to Small Business: Don't Increase the Minimum Wage (Opinion)

Business owners often oppose the minimum wage because it reduces their profits. But their position might be more helpful to low-skilled workers than the altruistic views of elected officials.
Lowering Taxes on Manufacturers Won't Help Small Business (Opinion)
Tax Center

Lowering Taxes on Manufacturers Won't Help Small Business (Opinion)

Giving special treatment to one industry leads to misallocation of resources to that favored business sector.
What an End to the Health-Care Law Could Mean for Small Business
Human Resources

What an End to the Health-Care Law Could Mean for Small Business

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act won't be known until June, but here are some of the potential effects small-business owners might want to con
The JOBS Act Doesn't Mean You Should Run Out and Raise Equity
Financing

The JOBS Act Doesn't Mean You Should Run Out and Raise Equity

Selling equity in a business only makes sense for a business if there's a potential to generate substantial income on the investors' money.