Authors: Petter Gottschalk, JanTerje Karlsen
Addresses: Norwegian School of Management, Nydalsveien 37, N-0442 Oslo, Norway. ' Norwegian School of Management, Nydalsveien 37, N-0442 Oslo, Norway
Abstract: 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 is a conceptual research paper presenting a stage model for the criminal career in gangs. Theories of organised crime provide evidence of similarities based on the enterprise paradigm. This paper makes a contribution by linking entrepreneurship to organised crime and by revealing criminal aspects of entrepreneurial endeavour.
Keywords: organised crime; growth stages; theory; innovation; learning; criminal gangs; criminal entrepreneurs; organisational analysis; criminal organisations; entrepreneurship; illegal business; criminal careers.
International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2009 Vol.6 No.4, pp.448 - 460
Published online: 27 Mar 2009 *Full-text access for editors Access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article