IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this article

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.

Suggested Citation

  • Gómez Sánchez, Rafael, 2007. "Clive Sinclair: El legado de un visionario autodidacta," Entelequia. Revista Interdisciplinar, Entelequia y Grupo (Universidad de Málaga), issue 3, pages 297-322, Spring.
  • Handle: RePEc:erv:ancoec:y:2007:i:3:p:297-322

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    More about this item


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

    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


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:erv:ancoec:y:2007:i:3:p:297-322. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Lisette Villamizar). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.