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Entrepreneurs as Co-Operative Capitalists: High Tech CEOs in the UK


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  • Hugh Whittaker
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    This paper presents the findings of a survey of CEOs in the UK high tech SME sector. Based on 510 responses, it builds up a picture of personal backgrounds, careers, reasons for starting or acquiring the business(es) and business objectives. A typology is developed, based on business objectives, of 'co-operative capitalists', 'capitalists', 'co-operatists' and 'coasters'. Participants' own comments show the importance of lessons learned in past employment, a cautious approach to business development, and an orientation to satisfying customer needs through employee involvement, often part of a 'stakeholder' and/or ethical orientation.

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    Paper provided by ESRC Centre for Business Research in its series ESRC Centre for Business Research - Working Papers with number wp125.

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    Date of creation: Mar 1999
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    Handle: RePEc:cbr:cbrwps:wp125

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    Cited by:
    1. Thelma Quince & Hugh Whittaker, 2002. "High Tech Businesses in the UK: performance and niche markets," ESRC Centre for Business Research - Working Papers wp234, ESRC Centre for Business Research.
    2. Thelma Quince & Hugh Whittaker, 2002. "Close Encounters: Evidence of the potential benefits of proximity to local industrial clusters," ESRC Centre for Business Research - Working Papers wp235, ESRC Centre for Business Research.
    3. T Quince, 2001. "Entrepreneurial Collaboration: Terms of Endearment or Rules of Engagement?," ESRC Centre for Business Research - Working Papers wp207, ESRC Centre for Business Research.


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