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2 Key Influences that Helped to Mold and Develop Washington's Entrepreneurial Ideas

Michael B. Boston

in The Business Strategy of Booker T. Washington

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034737
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038193 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034737.003.0002
 2 Key Influences that Helped to Mold and Develop Washington's Entrepreneurial Ideas

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This chapter focuses on influences that helped to mold and shape those core values within Washington which are root to his entrepreneurial philosophy including organized system for working, the philosophy of labor, and high moral standards. The chapter analyses Washington's exposure to various environmental factors to underscore his core values. On one level, looking at the initial introduction to the Protestant work ethic and his exposure to business expansion in the South, help to underscore his core values. On another level, practical business influences on Washington are analyzed, such as his observation and evaluation of local and national entrepreneurs and his exposure to accounting methods and procedures.

Keywords: entrepreneurial philosophy; influence; work ethic; exposure; business expansion; entrepreneurs

Chapter.  12225 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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