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Record number 412661
Title Collective Entrepreneurship and the Producer-Owned Co-operative
Author(s) Bijman, J.; Doorneweert, R.B.
Source Journal of Co-operative Studies 43 (2011)3. - ISSN 0961-5784 - p. 5 - 16.
Department(s) Management Studies
LEI MARKT & K - Duurzame Handel en Ketenvorming
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2011
Abstract Entrepreneurship is predominantly associated with the activities of an individual agent-the entrepreneur. It has also been related to the concept of firm ownership. This may lead to the conjecture that a firm that is collectively owned is a setting for collective entrepreneurship. However, such reasoning encounters a number of taxing questions. If entrepreneurship is usually related to the individual, how does the collective embody entrepreneurial spirit and lead to effective outcomes? These and other questions will be addressed in this paper, which is mainly based on a review of the literature. The paper starts by providing an overview of the different schools of (economic) thought on entrepreneurship. Subsequently it discusses implications for the conceptualisation of entrepreneurship when it is carried out by a group of firms who jointly own another firm, for instance in a joint-venture. Finally, the notion of collective entrepreneurship will be framed within the context of the producer-owned firm, by considering institutional conditions under which it can be attributed to the agricultural co-operative.
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