Unbundling enterprise and entrepreneurship

Andrew Atherton (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    Enterprise, entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs are terms that are subject to particular depictions and representations that do not always reflect their actual nature. Publicly held and shared perceptions and preconceptions tend to lead to stereotypes, caricatures and distortions that preclude or obstruct real insight into these phenomena. A case is made for a reconsideration of the key terms, particularly via a grounding of analysis and experience in actual events and conditions. The paper concludes by defining entrepreneurship as being both a state - of being an entrepreneur, and a behaviour - of being entrepreneurial. From this perspective, entrepreneurship extends beyond limited conceptualizations of its close association with business start-up and growth to incorporate enterprising activity and dynamics across society and its institutions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)121-127
    Number of pages7
    JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    Issue number2
    Early online date1 May 2004
    Publication statusPublished - 2004


    • Enterprise
    • Enterprising
    • Entrepreneurial
    • Entrepreneurship


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