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1. Terminology

Neither in historiography nor in economics do we find a clear, generally accepted definition of the term enterprise. If we start with a broad definition, common particularly in economics, that defines enterprises as forms of organization in which output is produced in order to generate revenue and distinguishes them from households, which are characterized primarily by consumptive functions [11], we find enterprises in all societies th…

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Gorißen, Stefan, “Enterprise”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 06 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_029361>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626

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