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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

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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, B25

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Date posted: April 2, 2006 ; Last revised: July 9, 2012

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Peneder, Michael R., The Meaning of Entrepreneurship: Towards a Modular Concept (March 31, 2006). Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=894401

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Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) ( email )
P.O. Box 91
Wien, A-1103
Austria
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