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How entrepreneurs deal with ethical challenges – an application of the Synergy Star technique

Robinson, David A., Davidsson, Per, Van der Mescht, Hennie, & Court, Philip (2007) How entrepreneurs deal with ethical challenges – an application of the Synergy Star technique. Journal of Business Ethics, 71(4), pp. 411-423.

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Abstract

Entrepreneurs typically live with the ever-present threat of business failure arising from limited financial resources and aggressive competition in the marketplace. Under these circumstances, conflicting priorities arise and the entrepreneur is thus faced with certain dilemmas. In seeking to resolve these, entrepreneurs must often rely on their own judgment to determine ‘what is right’. There is thus a need for a technique to assist them decide on a course of action when no precedent or obvious solution exists.

This research paper examines how entrepreneurs experience and deal with these dilemmas. The research is based on interviews with seven entrepreneurs in established service-oriented ventures, which gave rise to twenty-six dilemmas.

These dilemmas were analyzed by making use of the Synergy Star technique, which is introduced here as a tool that is useful in defining any dilemma, isolating the ethical component, and resolving the dilemma in a way that is congruent with the entrepreneur’s personal world-view.

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ID Code: 5623
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Entrepreneur, Ethics, Synergy Star, BESS, Business Ethics, Evaporating Cloud, Goldratt, Robinson, Davidsson, Van der Mescht, Ethical Dilemma
DOI: 10.1007/s10551-006-9148-8
ISSN: 1573-0697
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Business and Management not elsewhere classified (150399)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Springer
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink http://www.springerlink.com
Deposited On: 18 Dec 2006
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:27

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