Entrepreneurship and Heterogeneous Capital
SMG Working Paper No. 3/2008
40 Pages Posted: 31 Jan 2008
Date Written: January 30, 2008
Entrepreneurship is ultimately about the arrangement of resources into productive activities. Much of the entrepreneurship literature, however, has focused on the demand side of the market. While resource heterogeneity is a feature of many theories of the firm, such theories are not built on a systematic theory of capital. We show how the approach to capital developed by the Austrian school of economics provides a natural bridge between theory of entrepreneurship and the theory of the firm. We refine Austrian capital theory by defining capital heterogeneity in terms of subjectively perceived attributes, the functions, characteristics, and uses of capital assets. Such attributes are not given, but have to be created or discovered by means of entrepreneurial action.
Keywords: Austrian capital theory, entrepreneurship, heterogeneity, attributes
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