En hyldest til entreprenørskab

Under læsningen på mit MBA-studie hos Henley er jeg faldet over nedenstående hyldest til de små virksomheder og entreprenørskab. Citatet stammer fra den amerikanske senator Robert Taft, som I 1944 understregede vigtigheden af, at USA igen begyndte at gøde jorden for de små og mellemstore virksomheder.

Small business, to a large extent, is the basis of our whole free enterprise system. That system is not free unless men with ability and courage are able to enter into it on their own account. It is not free if every man in the United States is only an employee who cannot rise above that status. Large business units may have many advantages. In some industries, like the utilities and the manufacture of steel, they must be large and require large units of capital. But large business units, like units of government, tend to settle down into fixed grooves. They adopt methods which cannot be easily changed. There is little incentive among their many employees to develop new ideas or new methods. Our whole system depends on rewards for individual work, individual initiative, genius and daring.
(Taft, 1944)

Jeg synes stadig, at det holder. Vi bliver som nation nødt til at få mere gang i entreprenørånden herhjemme. Tal fra England viser, at kun en ud af 10 virksomheder overlever de første 10 år. Der skal derfor en del opstartsvirksomheder til, før velfærdsstatens indtægtsgrundlag er fremtidssikret.