Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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This chapter discusses anarchy with and without anarchism, particularly with reference to business thinking and education. It explains the basics of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. A few–such as innovation and entrepreneurship–exhibit a more complex relationship to anarchism, even if it would be problematic to assume that they are, therefore, ‘anarchism-friendly.’ If creativity is about new thinking and innovation about new creations, then entrepreneurship might be said to deal with new ventures. An entrepreneur, then, is someone who starts a business or an organization, although the word has in modern entrepreneurship research been used to describe everything from artists to revolutionaries. The entrepreneur stands at the centre of the economy as a kind of engine, continuously bringing new innovations and new developments, whilst also driving slower, less dynamic companies and organizations out of business. The notion of the entrepreneur as an agent of creative destruction has led to a tendency to see entrepreneurs as wild, freewheeling pirates.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnarchism, Organization and Management : Critical Perspectives for Students
EditorsMartin Parker, Konstantin Stoborod, Thomas Swann
Place of PublicationLondon
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)9781138044111
ISBN (Electronic)9781315172606
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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