Title: Booties, bounties, business models: a map to the next red oceans

Authors: Steffen Roth

Addresses: ESC Rennes School of Business, 2 Rue Robert d'Abrissel, 35000 Rennes, France

Abstract: The present quest is in pirate maps to blue oceans. The key problem involved is that blue oceans turn red whenever these maps make their way from pirates to mainstream entrepreneurs. Pirates therefore have an essential need for maps to the next blue oceans. In drawing on form theory, this article develops a map sheet, on which it appears that, throughout history, pirates navigated social borders. An analysis of the gaps in past and present maps of social differentiation then allows for the discovery of a largely uncharted quadrant of the blue ocean for entrepreneurship and entrepreneuring.

Keywords: piracy; piratology; entrepreneurship; entrepreneuring; social differentiation; functional differentiation; mapping; next society; blue ocean strategy; business models.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2014.064272

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2014 Vol.22 No.4, pp.439 - 448

Available online: 13 Aug 2014

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