Entrepreneurship and Organised Crime
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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.
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Chapter 9: Conclusion

Petter Gottschalk


Most of the entrepreneurship literature seems to engage in a positive enthusiasm about the role of the entrepreneur. This book has demonstrated the role of the entrepreneur in criminal business. Criminal entrepreneurship can develop in legal organisations, as illustrated by stages of financial crime by business organisations as well as stages of organised crime by business organisations. Criminal entrepreneurs make careers which may start in gangs of friends at one extreme or in established mafia organisations at the other extreme. This book has illustrated how so many issues for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship are similar in legal and illegal business. Entrepreneurial judgment in decision making, for example, is just as important in both situations. Leadership roles may vary and so may project management, but we can still apply the same kind of frameworks to understand entrepreneurship. Also, value configurations in terms of value chain, value shop and value network require different attention to efficiency, effectiveness and knowledge management. In the value shop, for example, problems of money laundering or corruption are solved by applying knowledge. An entrepreneur has to behave differently depending on the value configuration he or she is to establish. Our understanding of entrepreneurship and organised crime through entrepreneurs in illegal business should be interesting to everyone who is studying entrepreneurship. In addition, law enforcement all over the world should be interested in gaining new insights into organised crime and criminal organisations that are initiated and managed by entrepreneurs. This book has made a significant contribution in that respect....

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