Title: Predicaments of entrepreneurship in transitional Russia

Authors: Yuriy Timofeyev; Ho-Don Yan

Addresses: Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Sonnemannstraße 9-11, 60314 Frankfurt am Main, Germany ' Department of Economics, Feng Chia University, 100, Wen Hwa Rd., Taichung, Taiwan

Abstract: The collapse of the Soviet Union's central-planned economy vindicates that resources' allocation under communist rule was woefully deficient and ultimately gave way to a market economy. For the successful transformation from communism, entrepreneurship is immediately needed. This study highlights three main activities in the entrepreneurial process, including opportunity discovery, mobilisation of resources, and organisation creation, which are the factors we focus on while discussing the predicaments of the entrepreneurial process. We also emphasise the importance of surrounding institutions in which entrepreneurial activities are embedded. Based on analysing the entrepreneurial process, we argue that given a systemic way to identify the underlying predicaments of the entrepreneurial process in transition economies, the issues confronting transition economies can be aptly grasped.

Keywords: centrally planned economies; corruption; entrepreneurship; GEM; opportunity discovery; resource mobilisation; organisation creation; entrepreneurial process; entrepreneurial activities; transition economies; Russia.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2013.055694

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2013 Vol.20 No.1, pp.70 - 95

Published online: 30 Apr 2014 *

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