The Entrepreneur


Although it is widely recognized today that entrepreneurs play a pivotal role in the economy, such scholarly recognition is a relatively recent development—and the treatment of entrepreneurs in the media and popular culture still seems to belie this recognition. This conference explored the nature of the entrepreneur theoretically, historically, psychologically, and in popular culture.


Conference Readings

The Aviator. Directed by Martin Scorcese. Warner Home Video: Culver City, 2005. DVD.

Landes, David S., Joel Mokyr, and William J. Baumol, eds. The Invention of Enterprise: Entrepreneurship from Ancient Mesopotamia to Modern Times. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010.

Pollard, Arthur, eds. The Representation of Business in English Literature. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2009.

Baumol, William J. "Entrepreneurship: Productive, Unproductive, and Destructive." The Journal of Political Economy 98, no. 5 (October 1990): 893-921.

Cantillon, Richard. Essai sur la Nature du Commerce en Général. Translated by Higgs, Henry. London: The Royal Economic Society, 1959.

Dyer, Jeff, Hal Gregersen, and Clayton M. Christensen. The Innovator's DNA. Boston: Harvard Business Review Press, 2011.

Galbraith, John Kenneth. The New Industrial State. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1985.

Hayek, F. A. “Competition as a Discovery Procedure.” The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics 5, no. 3 (Fall 2002): Page(s): 9-23.

Isaacson, Walter. Steve Jobs. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2011.

Kirzner, Israel. Discovery and the Capitalist Process. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1985.

Knight, Frank H. Risk, Uncertainty, and Profit, 1st Edition. Boston: Hart, Schaffner & Marx; Houghton Mifflin Co., 1921.

Reich, Robert. “Entrepreneurship Reconsidered: The Team as Hero.” Harvard Business Review (May-June 1987): 77-83.

Say, Jean-Baptiste. A Treatise on Political Economy. New York City: Cosimo Classics, 2007.

Schumpeter, Joseph A. Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy. New York: HarperPerennial, 1976.

Stangler, Dean and Paul Kedrosky. “Neutralism and Entrepreneurship: The Structural Dynamics of Startups, Young Firms, and Job Creation.” Kaufman Foundation Research Series (September 2010): 2-18.

Taulbert, Clifton and Gary Schoeniger. Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur. Cleveland: ELI Press, 2010.

Wolfe, Tom. The Bonfire of the Vanities. New York: Farrar Strauss Giroux, 1987.