George Washington: Innovative Farmer and Businessman

in: D. Bradburn & S. Thomas (eds.), Lessons in Leadership book series, George Washington Leadership Institute, Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, Mount Vernon, 2017.

25 Pages Posted: 13 Nov 2017

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Bruce Ragsdale

U.S. House of Representatives

G. Page West

Wake Forest University

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

Where do entrepreneurs get their ideas for ventures that will construct a valuable new future? Occasionally these are based on serendipity through observing the unexpected or the incongruous. More often, however, new ideas spring from alertness to opportunities presented by changing markets or demographics, or from awareness that existing methods or ways of organizing may be limiting future prospects. Entrepreneurs are acutely sensitive to such opportunities through their natural inclinations in paying attention to trends and developments, or through their more purposeful efforts to seek out new knowledge. This case study will explore an aspect of Washington’s leadership less well known than his military and political career but just as important; Washington the farmer, business owner and entrepreneur.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, George Washington, Entrepreneurial leadership

JEL Classification: M10, M13

Suggested Citation

Ragsdale, Bruce and West, G. Page, George Washington: Innovative Farmer and Businessman (2017). in: D. Bradburn & S. Thomas (eds.), Lessons in Leadership book series, George Washington Leadership Institute, Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, Mount Vernon, 2017.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3067778 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3067778

Bruce Ragsdale

U.S. House of Representatives ( email )

Committee on Financial Services
2129 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC District of Columbia 20515
United States

G. Page West (Contact Author)

Wake Forest University ( email )

School of Business
1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
United States

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