the entrepreneur and the juvenile delinquent

This discussion about entrepreneurship (and intrapreneurship) lays out, what is purportedly, the original definition: “[A] shift[ing of] economic resources out of an area of lower and into an area of higher productivity and greater yield.” 

Jean-Baptiste Say, a French economist who first coined the word entrepreneur in about 1800, said: “The entrepreneur shifts economic resources out of an area of lower and into an area of higher productivity and greater yield.” One dictionary says an entrepreneur is “one who undertakes an enterprise, especially a contractor acting as the intermediary between capital and labour”…  

… they are also opportunistic, sometimes ruthless to a fault. Abraham Zaleznik, a Harvard Business School professor, once said, “I think if we want to understand the entrepreneur, we should look and the juvenile delinquent”… 

It is refreshingly plain spoken. But why is it that the innovator’s mindset is associated with delinquent behaviour? Maybe there is something about this idea, that genuinely forces the analogy.

Who knows, just maybe the two remain impossible to distinguish? 

via Management idea: Entrepreneurship | Entrepreneurship | The Economist.

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