Based on the enterprise paradigm of organised crime, this paper presents the concept of criminal entrepreneurialism. A criminal organisation is perceived as a business enterprise based on illegal entrepreneurialism. Entrepreneurs are able to identify and explore business opportunities by applying their judgement in decision-making. This research suggests that entrepreneurialism influences the maturity of criminal organisations. A research model is developed in this paper, linking the extent of entrepreneurialism to the stage of growth in organised crime. At each stage, systems are used by criminals in different contexts.
International Journal of Business and Systems Research – Inderscience Publishers
Published: Jan 1, 2009