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Communities of disentrepreneurship: A comparative cross‐national examination of entrepreneurial demise

Benson Honig (School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada)
Leo Paul Dana (College of Business and Economics, University of Canterbury, Sumner, New Zealand)

Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy

ISSN: 1750-6204

Article publication date: 28 March 2008

Abstract

Purpose

To examine communities that temporarily demonstrated successful social and economic success, but regressed, or may have cycled through periods marked by unusual success and unusual failure.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors analyse events in two communities that have experienced disentrepreneurship.

Findings

The authors attribute three main forces accountable for community disentrepreneurship: a failure in community leadership that allows the continuation of path dependent patron‐client relationships, peripheralisation resulting from both geographical and infrastructure constraints, and failure to adequately diversify the economic environment. It is believed that further study of communities that have experienced such cycles is both warranted, and essential.

Practical implications

A useful source of information for academics as well as for town planners, policy‐makers and economists.

Originality/value

This paper addresses a largely overlooked area of the landscape.

Keywords

Citation

Honig, B. and Paul Dana, L. (2008), "Communities of disentrepreneurship: A comparative cross‐national examination of entrepreneurial demise", Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, Vol. 2 No. 1, pp. 5-20. https://doi.org/10.1108/17506200810861221

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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