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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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Entrepreneurship and Markets

Entrepreneurship and Markets

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Comparative Entrepreneurship

D. Hugh Whittaker

Oxford University Press

Throughout the study, similarities have been drawn between entrepreneurs from both the UK and Japan, for example in the importance of previous work experience, ‘soft’ starts, founding with other parties, balancing the control of both internal and external resources, personal business orientations, fundamental entrepreneurship processes, and other such aspects. Differences, on the other hand, involved the emphasis given to technological inputs, competitive orientations, methods of maintaining and growing the business, innovation, extent of collaboration with other firms, and the overall orientation of the business. This chapter explains some of the differences through the social networks of the entrepreneurs in both countries and points out how the UK is focused more on project entrepreneurship while Japan focuses more on lifework entrepreneurship.

Keywords:   project entrepreneurship, lifework entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship processes, social networks

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