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The industrial revolution and beyond: Two hundred years of entrepreneurship and "dis-entrepreneurship" in a small Scottish town
School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0563-0899
The University of St Andrews, St Andrews, United Kingdom.
2007 (English)In: Journal of Management History, ISSN 1751-1348, E-ISSN 1758-7751, Vol. 13, no 3, p. 269-289Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: To examine empirically a previously overlooked aspect of entrepreneurship: community "dis-entrepreneurship". Through the lens of political and historical theory, the authors propose learning from unusual circumstances of failure in order to inform social policy regarding factors that facilitate community entrepreneurship.

Design/methodology/approach: The paper draws on political and economic theory, formulating propositions that are tested using interpretive methods.

Findings: Strong patron-client relations were found to negatively impact the formation of diversity and meritocracy necessary for entrepreneurial environments to thrive. They also account for an inward orientation that negatively influenced investments in infrastructure. Path dependent processes were found to hold sway regarding the stability of political/social norms.

Originality/value: This is the first paper of which the authors are aware that considers issues related to community dis-entrepreneurship. The paper highlights the importance of effective community leadership.

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2007. Vol. 13, no 3, p. 269-289
Keywords [en]
Economic development, Entrepreneurs, History, Management technique
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-34412DOI: 10.1108/17511340710754716Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84900564857OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-34412DiVA, id: diva2:1246239
Available from: 2018-09-07 Created: 2018-09-07 Last updated: 2018-09-07Bibliographically approved

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