Friday, 20 January 2012

New Generation Thinkers Essay: The Entrepreneur

Philip Roscoe of the School of Management, a winner of the BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Thinkers, was sole contributor on BBC Radio 3 speaking about the myth of the entrepreneur. The entrepreneur is a cultural figure and policy fix, the trope of the lone hero who conquers the world and saves the economy. Steve Jobs epitomised this figure. But how much can one person do, and does the myth of the entrepreneur have dangerous repercussions for the rest of us? Philip examined the changing role of the entrepreneur, arguing that the myths surrounding these men and women are too simplistic, that thinkers from Tolstoy to Schumpeter to Hayek have long debated the role of the entrepreneur and what society can expect them to achieve. [listen to the 15 minute iPlayer broadcast]