Authors: Gerard McElwee
Addresses: University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln, LN6 7RT, UK
Abstract: The paper develops a conceptual understanding of the farmer as entrepreneur and provides an innovative theoretical framework based on a modelling process and taxonomy of the farmer, which enables the complexities of the dynamic changing forces which act upon the life world of the farmer to be framed. A number of key themes emerge: Farmers are a particularly rich area for study in the area of entrepreneurial capability; the myths surrounding farmers| capability to be entrepreneurial require examination; farmers are businesspeople in that they run businesses, but in practice they do not necessarily have well-defined business skills; the barriers to becoming entrepreneurial for farmers are greater than in other sectors.
Keywords: farmer entrepreneurs; farmer taxonomy; entrepreneurial farmers; rural entrepreneurship; farming; modelling; business skills; barriers.
International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2008 Vol.6 No.3, pp.465 - 478
Published online: 30 Jun 2008 *Full-text access for editors Full-text access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article