Entrepreneurship, Adaptation and Legitimation: A Macro-Behavioral Perspective

Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol. 8, pp. 175-189, 1987

15 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2009

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Amitai Etzioni

The George Washington University

Date Written: April 1986

Abstract

Societal patterns often lag behind the constantly changing environment. Entrepreneurs, by seeking new ways of doing business, enhance societal adaptation towards the changing environment. This process of destroying old patterns and replacing them with new ones is usually not revolutionary, but instead involves the accumulation of numerous small adjustments. Entrepreneurship is thus studied as a societal function, not individual attributes. The degree of change entrepreneurs bring about in any particular society reflects the extent which entrepreneurship is legitimated in that society.

Keywords: society, entrepreneurship, environment, adjustments

Suggested Citation

Etzioni, Amitai, Entrepreneurship, Adaptation and Legitimation: A Macro-Behavioral Perspective (April 1986). Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol. 8, pp. 175-189, 1987. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1437032

Amitai Etzioni (Contact Author)

The George Washington University ( email )

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Washington, DC 20037
United States

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