A Model of Destructive Entrepreneurship: Insight for Conflict and Postconflict Recovery

Sameeksha Desai, Zoltan J. Acs, Utz Weitzel

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Abstract

The research on entrepreneurship as an economic phenomenon often assumes its desirability as a driver of economic development and growth. However, entrepreneurial talent can be allocated among productive, unproductive and destructive activities. This allocation has important implications in the developing world, particularly for countries hosting conflict or recovering from conflict. The allocation of entrepreneurship is theorized as driven by institutions. Although the trade-off between productive and unproductive entrepreneurship has been examined, destructive entrepreneurship has been largely ignored. We build from existing theory and define destructive entrepreneurship as wealth destroying. We propose three assumptions to develop a model of destructive entrepreneurship that presents the mechanisms through which entrepreneurial talent behaves in this manner. We present four key propositions on the nature and behavior of destructive entrepreneurship. We conclude by identifying research agendas and policy streams, with a focus on relevance to conflict and postconflict recovery.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Entrepreneurship, Institutions and Incentives
EditorsZoltan Acs
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing, Inc.
Chapter1
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9781784718046
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

PART I- INCENTIVES AND THE MANY FACES OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP
1. Sameeksha Desai, Zoltan J. Acs and Utz Weitzel (2012), ‘A Model of Destructive Entrepreneurship: Insight for Conflict and Postconflict Recovery’, Journal of Conflict Resolution, 57 (1), February, 20–40

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