Entrepreneurship: Concept and Functions

Entrepreneurship: Concept and Functions
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Inspirational Stories and Entrepreneurship Definition:

  • Mansukhbhai Prajapati's Journey: From Morbi village in Rajkot, South Gujarat, Mansukhbhai, a tenth standard dropout, innovated the Mitticool refrigerator in 2002. This unique fridge, made of mud/clay, operates without electricity. His continued innovations led to the development of the Mitticool water filter and clay tavdi (frying pan).
  • What is Entrepreneurship? It's a systematic innovation involving a structured search for changes and analyzing opportunities these changes present for economic and social transformation.

The Entrepreneur's Profile:

  • Entrepreneurs are the ones who develop and own their enterprises. They are moderate risk-takers, working under uncertainty to achieve their goals. Key traits include innovation, independence, persistence, dissatisfaction with routine, resilience, leadership, competitiveness, personal responsibility, future orientation, and perseverance in adversity.

Entrepreneurial Functions:

  • Types of Functions: a. Entrepreneurial Functions b. Promotional Functions c. Managerial Functions d. Commercial Functions
  • Details:
    • Entrepreneurial Functions: Innovation, Risk-taking, Organisation building.
    • Promotional Functions: Investigating ideas, detailed investigation, assembling requirements, financing.
    • Managerial Functions: Planning, organizing, staffing, directing, leadership, communication, motivation, supervision, coordination, controlling.
    • Commercial Functions: Production, finance, marketing, personnel, accounting.

The Necessity of Entrepreneurship in Our Economy:

  • Entrepreneurship is crucial for innovation, inclusive growth, increased profits, employment opportunities, and social benefits.

Entrepreneurial Myths Debunked:

  • Common misconceptions include the ease of starting a business, the need for substantial initial capital, and the assurance of financial success.

The Pros and Cons of Entrepreneurship:

  • Advantages: Excitement, originality, independence, rational salary, freedom.
  • Disadvantages: Challenges in salary, benefits, work schedule, administration, managing staff.

The Entrepreneurship Process:

  • Steps include self-discovery, identifying opportunities, idea generation and evaluation, planning, raising startup capital, startup, growth, and harvest.


Key Terms in Entrepreneurship:

  • Entrepreneur: Derived from the French word “entreprendre” meaning “to undertake,” the term entrepreneur was first coined by Richard Cantillon.
  • Entrepreneurship: The process of action an entrepreneur undertakes to establish their enterprise.
  • Enterprise: The fourth factor of production, coordinating land, labor, capital to start a new business.
  • Opportunity, Economic Agent, Idea, Innovation, Product, Services, Catalytic Agent, Risk, Communication, Planning, Organizing, Motivation, Controlling, Leadership, Staffing, Finance, Marketing, Personnel, Accounting, Profit, Salary.

Famous Entrepreneurs:

  • Notable figures include Narayana Murthy (Infosys co-founder), Sir Richard Branson (Virgin Group founder), Mahima Mehra (Haathi Chaap founder), Karsanbhai (Nirma founder), Dhirajlal Hirachand Ambani (Reliance Industries founder). Also, the role of cultural influences in entrepreneurship is highlighted.

Chronological Definitions of Entrepreneurship:

  • Tracing back to 1734 with Richard Cantillon, through Jean-Baptiste Say in 1803, Joseph Schumpeter in 1934, David McClelland in 1961, to Peter Drucker in 1964, each providing a unique perspective on entrepreneurship.
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