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A model of destructive entrepreneurship: insight for conflict and postconflict recovery

Desai, S., Acs, Zoltan J. and Weitzel, U. (2013) A model of destructive entrepreneurship: insight for conflict and postconflict recovery. Journal of Conflict Resolution, 57 (1). pp. 20-40. ISSN 0022-0027

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0022002712464853


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.

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Additional Information: © 2014 by SAGE
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
JEL classification: L - Industrial Organization > L0 - General
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2014 12:10
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2024 18:33
Funders: United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER)

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