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Comparative EntrepreneurshipThe UK, Japan, and the Shadow of Silicon Valley$
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D. Hugh Whittaker

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199563661

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563661.001.0001

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Entrepreneurial Orientations and Business Objectives

Entrepreneurial Orientations and Business Objectives

(p.65) 4 Entrepreneurial Orientations and Business Objectives
Comparative Entrepreneurship

D. Hugh Whittaker

Oxford University Press

This chapter attempts to examine ‘entrepreneurial orientations’ and find out what entrepreneurs think about and how they rate on issues regarding how businesses can be distinguished along dimensions such as pro-activeness, risk taking, innovation, autonomy, and competitive aggressiveness. This chapter compares the different aspects of entrepreneurship of a group of ‘high performers’ from both the UK and Japan to see if they have similar characteristics. The chapter also looks into what entrepreneurs perceive as ‘personal business objectives’ and considers the following aspects: growth objectives, attitude towards risk, engagement in research and development, intellectual property, and innovation.

Keywords:   entrepreneurial orientations, high performers, growth objectives, risk, research and development, innovation, personal business objectives

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