Schumpeter's theological roots? Harnack and the origins of creative destruction

Nightingale, Paul (2013) Schumpeter's theological roots? Harnack and the origins of creative destruction. Working Paper. University of Sussex, Brighton, Sussex.

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Abstract

This short research note highlights the similarity between Schumpeter's theory of creative destruction and the work of his contemporary, the German theologian Adolf von Harnack (1851-1930). The note provides a brief over-view of Harnack's concepts and terminology and highlights their similarity to Schumpeterian ideas about routinisation, charismatic entrepreneurial leadership, and creative destruction. While the evidence is far from conclusive it does suggest that the similarity merits closer attention that could potentially lead to changes to the received understanding of the theory of creative destruction. In particular, it suggests a need to potentially reassess the position of Schumpeter within a wider Weberian tradition.

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Working Paper)
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit > SPRU Working Paper Series
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jill Kirby
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2014 13:36
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2014 13:36
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/49279

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