The State of Global Entrepreneurship

by Jörgen Eriksson on December 12, 2014

IAmEntrepreneurHistorically in rigid societies, peoples creativity and drive was not allowed much room for development of their talents beyond pure craftsman skills. The renaissance period changed this. Rooting back to the times of the medieval Guilds in Germany, craftsmen were given a special permission to operate as an entrepreneur, but training was restricted to apprentices of craftsmen who held a Meister certificate.

First used in 1723, the term entrepreneur implies qualities of leadership, initiative and innovation in business.

Today the term is closely related to innovation. As Joseph Schumpeter wrote “Innovation is creative destruction, where entrepreneurs combine existing elements in new ways”, and we very much look to entrepreneurs as the drivers who in the market economies will bring development to future more sustainable societies.

Below are some numbers and other facts in an infograph from the World Economic forum, on the state of global entrepreneurship today.



About Jörgen Eriksson :

Jörgen Eriksson is the founder of Bearing and is the Chairman of the firm since it was created. He has successfully expanded Bearing into covering projects on four continents. He is also Adjunct Professor of Innovation Management at the International University of Monaco and at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona and he is an active member of the Founders Alliance organisation.

Working with consulting engagements across Bearings practices, he has over the past fifteen years participated in and supervised a large number of client projects, from innovation system development and place development and branding, to merger and acquisition assignments and leading edge research and business development activities for key clients.

His new book, Branding for Hooligans, will be published in 2015. It is about how innovation and branding are key survival factors in our modern times of hyper competitive markets.

Prior to Bearing, he was Director of Europe, Middle East, and Africa for Trema Treasury Management, a technology and consulting services provider, supplying financial software solutions for the global financial industry, Clients included The European Central Bank, Citibank, SEB, South African reserve Bank, Deutsche Bank, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), as well as many other large financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies.

Early in his career Eriksson was educated at the Stockholm School of Economics, where he studied economics, financial economics and philosophy. He then worked in Scandinavian investment banks and also for the Swedish Institute of National Defense Research.

You can contact Jörgen on e-mail, connect on LinkedIn onörgen-eriksson/0/38/8a0/ and follow him on twitter on joreri508.

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Susan Bales December 13, 2014 at 05:06

New to this blog, I am thrilled with the apparent large-scale globalization of entrepreneurial innovation. By that I mean innovation that truly changes the world vice that which results from new incrementally evolving science, technology, engineering, design and manufacturing, operational processes …..

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