Exploring the “Dark Side” of Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is often understood to be inherently ‘good’. Terms often associated with entrepreneurship comprise the gamut of favourable connotations from “innovation” and “change” to “growth” and “economic development”. However, if we understand entrepreneurship as being about the discovery and exploitation of opportunities, there really is not necessarily any moral good in entrepreneurship per se

The present research project tried to empirically trace three instances of “dark” entrepreneurship, that is to say, entrepreneurship that is both illegal and covert, for which such data is historically available. Assuming that in order for people to consider “dark entrepreneurship” such efforts should be resilient against attempts to disrupt the venture, our focus is on what makes “dark networks” (one example of dark entrepreneurship) resilient.  Read more.

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