What does it mean to be enterprising?

Caird, Sally (1990). What does it mean to be enterprising? British Journal of Management, 1(3) pp. 137–145.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8551.1990.tb00002.x


The last ten years in the U.K. have witnessed an acceleration of interest in enterprise education. The aims of enterprise education initiatives include helping people to start businesses; promoting awareness of enterprise; and creating the educational conditions for people to become more enterprising (Jamieson, 1984). This diversity of aims implies that enterprise is perceived differently by educationalists involved in enterprise education. This paper seeks to clarify the meaning of enterprise by exploring some key questions:

1 Why is enterprise considered important?
2 What insights are offered by enterprise education initiatives on the meaning of enterprise?
3 How useful is a study of entrepreneurs for a study of enterprise?

These questions dictate a need for further research to explore and clarify the meaning of enterprise. This is crucial for educationalists who wish to educate and assess enterprise as well as decide on the educational value of enterprise education. The relationship between enterprise competencies and small business owner management and employee competencies would be also clarified with an understanding of what it means to be enterprising.

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