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The Dark Side of Entrepreneurship (1985)

Manfred Kets de Vries

"What should you consider when taking an entre-preneur on board?"

Some entrepreneurs find it hard to accept another company’s way of doing things and can create a working atmosphere that makes adaptation very difficult. One should not, however, see such behaviour as the norm. Many entrepreneurs are well equipped to deal with different company environments. This article addresses what you should look out for if you are considering taking an entrepreneur on board, working for one, or encouraging new ventures. What can cause problems? Are there pitfalls to avoid? If so, what are the options in such situations? What provisions can you make to accommodate the typical entrepreneur? Do entrepreneurs have more personal problems than other people? In short, what is the dark side of entrepreneurship?

Harvard Business Review, 1985

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