Entrepreneurship and Management

  • Gordon Boyce
  • Simon Ville


The role of the entrepreneur is today regarded as crucial in the success of the business enterprise, a perception that has not always existed. How that role is fulfilled most effectively, though, remains a matter for much contention. The postwar ascendancy of many Japanese firms was particularly associated with long-term strategic planning through shared decision-making. Entrepreneurial skills were concentrated on a narrowly focused individual firm and its enterprise group within a local setting. Emphasis was placed on strategies that were market-driven, fostered close interfirm relationships, and empowered employees. The dominant Westernised, or at least American, paradigm has been somewhat different. It emphasised broad generic management skills in large diverse corporations, with decision-making concentrated in elite head offices that oversaw wide geographic empires and concentrated upon performance-monitoring and problem-solving.


Eighteenth Century Family Firm Late Nineteenth Century Social Entrepreneurship Managerial Opportunism 
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Further Reading

  1. Church, R. (1993) ‘The Family Firm In Industrial Capitalism: International Perspectives on Hypotheses and History’, Business History, 35 (4).Google Scholar
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  5. Rose, M. (1994) ‘The Family Firm in British Business, 1780–1914’, in M.W. Kirby and M.B. Rose (eds), Business Enterprise in Modern Britain from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Century (London: Routledge).Google Scholar
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  7. Ville, S. (1998) ‘Business Development in Colonial Australia’, Australian Economic History Review, 38 (1).Google Scholar

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  • Simon Ville

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