entrepreneurship, stewardship, rent, profits, property
Entrepreneurs should act as stewards of entrepreneurial rent. Entrepreneurial rent is the difference between the ex post value of a venture and its ex ante costs. It is the result of competition among buyers and sellers within the market process rather than the sole efforts of the entrepreneur. As a result, entrepreneurs should allocate entrepreneurial rent for the benefit of other market participants rather than consuming it for themselves. The moral obligation to steward entrepreneurial rent is consistent with traditional bases of property rights and the norm of social welfare maximization, and it applies to corporations and their shareholders, as well as individual entrepreneurs.
Business Ethics Quarterly
Lee, Joohoo, "Entrepreneurial Stewardship: Why Some Profits Should Be Used to Benefit Others" (2020). Pepperdine University, Faculty Open Access Publications. Paper 130.