Entrepreneurship and Organised Crime

Entrepreneurship and Organised Crime

Entrepreneurs in Illegal Business

Petter Gottschalk

Entrepreneurship and Organised Crime provides a fresh and realistic insight into the problem of organised crime activity and the role of entrepreneurs in illegal business.

Introduction

Petter Gottschalk

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship

Extract

Organised crime has received increased attention in recent years. To fight organised crime, there is a need to understand criminal organisations in terms of criminal business enterprises. In this book, terminology from the business and management literature is applied to the growing area of organised crime. Rather than thinking of organised crimes as acts of criminals, this book suggests an understanding of criminal entrepreneurship similar to non-criminal entrepreneurship. Most of the entrepreneurship literature seems to engage in a positive enthusiasm about the role of the entrepreneur. There is a need to take a neutral look at how some entrepreneurs engage in illegal business and how entrepreneurship is not always a wholesome and clean endeavour. This book makes a contribution by linking entrepreneurship to organised crime and by revealing criminal aspects of entrepreneurial endeavour. It is expected that this book will appeal to a readership interested in entrepreneurialism as well as criminology. What is unique about this book is its contribution to the entrepreneurship literature. This book investigates and describes how organised crime is often entrepreneurial in character and how entrepreneurship is often the basis for illegal business. This book has been written with the interested reader in mind, who would like to explore new perspectives on entrepreneurship. The text has a clear logical structure, which systematically develops the reader’s deeper comprehension of the basics of organised crime as an entrepreneurial business enterprise. This book has been designed to provide the reader with a realistic concept and understanding of the problem...