The Meaning of Entrepreneurship: Towards a Modular Concept
Michael R. Peneder
Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO)
March 31, 2006
Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2009
Entrepreneurship has been characterised as one of the most intriguing but equally elusive concepts in economics. This paper first tries to disentangle its major intellectual roots. Instead of amalgamating them into another all-inclusive synthesis, it then aims at a modular concept that preserves essential distinctions along its behavioural, functional, and occupational dimensions. It arrives at the conclusion that the behavioural definition identifies the only attribute that is both comprehensive and unique to the nature of entrepreneurship, while the functional and occupational differentiations form proper sub-classes, which add the specifity required for many analytical purposes.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 34
Keywords: Entrepreneurship, market co-ordination, innovation, technology diffusion, occupational choice
JEL Classification: M13, B15, B25Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: April 2, 2006 ; Last revised: July 9, 2012
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