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Title: An exploration of the role and nature of entrepreneurship in industry creation : a comparative study of the emergence of the wind energy sector in Britain and Spain
Author: Ahn, C. Y.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2010
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Assuming entrepreneurship to be embedded in the endeavours of those individual and organisation agents who create a new industry, this interdisciplinary study aims to explore such endeavours. In order to do this, the emergence of the wind energy industry in Britain and Spain has been investigated and a theoretical framework for its creation has been constructed. Historical data from the 1970s to the 1990s have been collected and analysed in a comparative manner. This comparative analysis shows how different ‘entrepreneurial’ actions led to varying degrees of success in two early wind industries. In the pioneering phase, the Spanish government’s deployment-oriented technology strategy led to the formation of a wider industrial community, whereas the newly established British wind firms suffered from the non-existence of an initial market. In the commercialising phase, the Spanish actors created stable and predictable market conditions, helping new firms’ entry and making substantial investments. In Britain, sudden changes in market conditions and the price competition-oriented renewable policy led to the emergence of a developers group only at the cost of the fledgling manufacturing sector. In the stabilising phase, the sensitising strategy pursued by the Spanish developers established a broad social consensus on the use of wind power, while in Britain frequent opposition to planning permission for windfarms set back the growth of the market. It can be argued that in addition to ‘proprietary entrepreneurship’ in creating new ventures, ‘communal entrepreneurship’, collective activities creating new market space, contributes to industrial success. This ‘communal entrepreneurship’ is collaborative and social in nature because it involves many interlinked ideas and creative activities of those concerned.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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