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Clive Sinclair: El legado de un visionario autodidacta


  • Gómez Sánchez, Rafael


Clive Sinclair is the archetype of a self-made man thanks to an entrepreneur spirit and his know-how in an emerging consumer electronics industry. Gifted as inventor, he always pursued cheaper and smaller radios, hi-fi devices, calculators, TVs, home computers --where he got his better achievements-- and, even, vehicles. But this eclecticism was his first Achilles' heel: benefits from previous products were fully invested to develop new ones, often proving a lack of market knowledge. The second one was a proved impatience in releasing his products to the market: insufficient testings usually implied low quality, giving his products a poor image to the customers. The first time he almost went into bankrupt, the British National Enterprise Board saved Sinclair's company; the following time, British Government had changed to Thatcher's and no safety-net were existing then. If things were done slightly more market oriented, nowadays desktop computers could be labeled with "Sinclair compatible", and Sir Clive Sinclair, widely known as the king of computing industry.

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  • Gómez Sánchez, Rafael, 2007. "Clive Sinclair: El legado de un visionario autodidacta," Entelequia. Revista Interdisciplinar, Entelequia y Servicios Académicos Intercontinentales SL, issue 3, pages 297-322, Spring.
  • Handle: RePEc:erv:ancoec:y:2007:i:3:p:297-322

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    entrepreneur; off-the-shelf companies; National Enterprise Board; industrial testing; quality engineering; bankrupt; Wilson Labour government;
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    JEL classification:

    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
    • L24 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Contracting Out; Joint Ventures
    • L38 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - Public Policy
    • L63 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Microelectronics; Computers; Communications Equipment
    • L78 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Primary Products and Construction - - - Government Policy


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