Stop whining and make the best of it: a cross-national comparison of response to regional disadvantage in the wine industry

Senyard, Julienne M., Powell, E. Erin, Baker, Ted, Steffens, Paul R., & Davidsson, Per (2011) Stop whining and make the best of it: a cross-national comparison of response to regional disadvantage in the wine industry. In Babson College Entrepreneurial Research Conference, 8 – 11 June, Syracuse, New York, United States of America.

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Our cross-national field study of wine entrepreneurship in the “wrong” places provides some redress to the focus of the “regional advantage” literature on places that have already won and on the firms that benefit from “clusters” and other centers of industry advantage. Regional “disadvantage” is at best a shadowy afterthought to this literature. By poking around in these shadows, we help to synthesize and extend the incipient yet burgeoning literature on entrepreneurial “resourcefulness” and we contribute to the developing body of insights and theory pertinent to the numerous but often ignored firms and startups that mostly need to worry about how they will compete at all now if they are ever to have of chance of “winning” in the future. The core of our findings suggests that understandable – though contested – processes of ingenuity underlie entrepreneurial responses to regional disadvantage. Because we study entrepreneurship that from many angles simply does not make sense, we are also able to proffer a novel perspective on entrepreneurial sensemaking.

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ID Code: 47338
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Entrepreneurship, Resourcefulness, Regional Disadvantage
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Entrepreneurship (150304)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Please consult the author(s)
Deposited On: 30 Nov 2011 01:32
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2016 03:02

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