Comparative Entrepreneurship: The UK, Japan, and the Shadow of Silicon Valley

Hardcover | December 3, 2009

byD. Hugh Whittaker

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Are entrepreneurs essentially the same everywhere? Are the processes of entrepreneurship similar? Or are they shaped by their environments? If so, how? We know a lot about national differences in management practices, corporate governance, and even innovation systems, but we know surprisingly little about national differences in entrepreneurship. Comparative Entrepreneurship compares processes of entrepreneurship in the UK and Japan, countriesassociated with liberal market economies and coordinated market economies respectively. Focusing on high tech manufacturing it identifies basic similarities and key differences. Similarities are found in approaches to opportunity and business creation, which are strikingly different from recent policy emphases in the UK and Japan, inspired by Silicon Valley (hence the entrepreneurslive in 'the shadow of Silicon Valley'). Differences - in the backgrounds of entrepreneurs, founding teams, attitudes to growth and risk, innovation, competitive advantages, HRM emphases, and inter-firm collaborations - are summed up by the concepts of 'project entrepreneurship' and 'lifeworkentrepreneurship.' These are closely related to the respective environments, especially the nature of markets in both countries. They also embody different time orientations, with implications for financing and governance. This study brings insights from entrepreneurship to comparative institutions and varieties of capitalism, and vice versa, and draws on two surveys and 25 case interviews in both the UK and Japan. It concludes with a discussion of dilemmas for entrepreneurship policy in the UK, Japan, and othercountries.

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Are entrepreneurs essentially the same everywhere? Are the processes of entrepreneurship similar? Or are they shaped by their environments? If so, how? We know a lot about national differences in management practices, corporate governance, and even innovation systems, but we know surprisingly little about national differences in entre...

D. Hugh Whittaker is Professor and Associate Dean (International) of the University of Auckland Business School. He has written extensively on Japanese and comparative management and innovation, most recently The New Community Firm: Employment, Governance and Management Reform in Japan (Cambridge University Press, 2005, with T. Inaga...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:December 3, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Comparative Entrepreneurship2. Opportunity and Business Creation3. Ties and Teams in Startup4. Entrepreneurial Orientations and Business Objectives5. Competitive Orientations and Growth Limitations6. HRM, Leadership, and Culture7. Inter-firm Collaboration8. Entrepreneurship and Markets9. Entrepreneurship and TimeAppendix 1. Design, Methods, Analysis, and InterpretationAppendix 2. Factor Analysis Tables