Productive, Unproductive and Destructive Entrepreneurship

A Theoretical and Empirical Exploration

by Arnis Sauka (Author)
Thesis 232 Pages
Series: KMU-Forschung, Volume 3


Drawing on Baumol’s concepts of productive, unproductive and destructive entrepreneurship and relevant amendments, this book develops a conceptual framework which allows operationalising the concepts for empirical assessment. Using data from a longitudinal survey, the author further makes one of the first attempts to address these concepts empirically. The results show the importance of shifting the focus from firms’ activities to output on both, venture and societal levels, short and long term. Overall, the findings suggest that productive entrepreneurs are less involved in behaviour such as tax avoidance or illegal business and show a higher level of entrepreneurial orientation.


ISBN (Softcover)
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2008. 231 pp., num. tables and graphs

Biographical notes

Arnis Sauka (Author)

The Author: Arnis Sauka is currently a researcher at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (Latvia). Prior to joining a doctoral program at the University of Siegen (Germany), he was a visiting Ph.D. candidate at Jönköping International Business School (Schweden), and teacher fellow at University College London. He also gained practical experience in business management working for different companies in Latvia.


Title: Productive, Unproductive and Destructive Entrepreneurship