En titel på en person, der opstarter en virksomhed. Definitionen på entreprenør er mange - her et uddrag:

Schumpeter: “Individuals who exploit market opportunity through technical and/or organizational innovation.”

Bolton & Thompson: “a person who habitually creates and innovates to build something of recognized value around perceived opportunities.”

Hisrich: “someone who demonstrates initiative and creative thinking, is able to organize social and economic mechanisms to turn resources and situations to practical account, and accepts risk and failure.”

Moore:  "an individual with an innovative business Idea who takes the risks necessary to establish the production and marketing of the associated product or service, expecting the venture to grow."

Carland et al.: "...an individual who establishes and manages a business for the principal purpose of profit and growth. The entrepreneur is characterized principally by innovative behavior, and will employ strategic management practices in the business."


Schumpeter J. A. (1965): Economic Theory and Entrepreneurial History. In: Aitken HG (ed) Explorations in enterprise. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA.

Bolton W.K. & Thompson J.L. (2000): Entrepreneurs: Talent, Temperament, Technique. Butterworth Heinemann, Oxford.

Hisrich, R.D. (1990): Entrepreneurship/Intrapreneurship. Am Psychol 45(2), 209–222.

Moore, C. F: Understanding Entrepreneurial Behavior: A Definition and Model. University of Michigan-Flint.

Carland, J. W., Hoy, F., Boulton, W. R. & Carland, J.C.  (1984): Differentiating entrepreneurs from small business owners: A conceptualization. Academy of Management. Vol. 9, 2, pp. 354-359.