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Entrepreneurship at the limits
Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. (Life at Home and Sustainable Production Research Initiative, Linnaeus University, Sweden)
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This PhD dissertation is based on four published articles. It operates within the processual view of entrepreneurship studies (Steyaert, 1997), which draws on process philosophy to develop research strategies (Sørensen, 2005). The research has been guided by two strategies for understanding entrepreneurship: ‘moving’ (e.g. Steyaert and Hjorth, 2003) and ‘unveiling’ (e.g. Jones and Spicer, 2009). These strategies have so far been pursued largely in the conceptual domain, and this doctoral dissertation is an effort to take them a step further by combining empirical investigation and philosophical reflection. The aim is to investigate how a processual study of entrepreneurship ‘should be worked out’ in practice (Kristensen, Lopdrup-Hjorth and Sørensen, 2014).

The first two studies contribute an empirically informed conceptualisation of entrepreneurship, the first focused on how organisations are created, the second providing stories of emerging practices of female entrepreneurs. Though they aim to provide alternative conceptualisations, they remain firmly rooted in ‘traditional’ social science, offering alternative approaches to the dominant understandings of entrepreneurship, and utilizing accepted and traditional methodologies and theories. The last two papers are more experimental in their design. The aim is still to problematize discursive or practical aspects of entrepreneurship and processes around entrepreneurship, but also to investigate alternative methods for creating knowledge. The third study explores the somewhat paradoxical results of SME support schemes and develops a role-play-enhanced focus group technique. The fourth study is based on an organisational ethnography in antiquarian bookshops and experiments with fictional accounts and literary techniques as methods to generate knowledge.

The contribution of this dissertation to processual studies in entrepreneurship research is twofold. The first two papers are illustrations of an application of process concepts, while the last two papers illustrate the attempt to create process concepts. Taken together, the studies demonstrate how a processual study of entrepreneurship might be worked out in practice. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Copenhagen: Copenhagen Business School [Phd] , 2014. , p. 171
Series
PhD Series, ISSN 0906-6934 ; 12.2014
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Economy, Ledarskap, entreprenörskap och organisation
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-51673ISBN: 9788793155244 (print)ISBN: 9788793155251 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-51673DiVA, id: diva2:915811
Supervisors
Available from: 2016-04-05 Created: 2016-03-31 Last updated: 2016-04-05Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Emergency entrepreneurship: creative organizing in the eye of the storm
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Emergency entrepreneurship: creative organizing in the eye of the storm
2008 (English)In: Entrepreneurship, sustainable growth and performance: frontiers in European research / [ed] Hans Landström, Hans Crijns, Eddy Laveren & David Smallbone, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2008, 1, p. 243-266Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2008 Edition: 1
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Economy, Ledarskap, entreprenörskap och organisation
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-51942 (URN)9781847208538 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-04-05 Created: 2016-04-05 Last updated: 2016-11-23Bibliographically approved
2. An emerging legend of a Kosovar heroine: narrating female entrepreneurs
Open this publication in new window or tab >>An emerging legend of a Kosovar heroine: narrating female entrepreneurs
2008 (English)In: Organizational olympians: heroes and heroines of organizational myths / [ed] Monika Kostera, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, 1, p. 92-101Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008 Edition: 1
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Economy, Ledarskap, entreprenörskap och organisation
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-51705 (URN)9780230515710 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-03-31 Created: 2016-03-31 Last updated: 2016-04-05Bibliographically approved
3. The indirect approach of semi-focused groups: Expanding focus group research through role-playing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The indirect approach of semi-focused groups: Expanding focus group research through role-playing
2009 (English)In: Qualitative research in organization and management, ISSN 1746-5648, E-ISSN 1746-5656, Vol. 4, no 1, p. 7-26Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald, 2009
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Economy, Ledarskap, entreprenörskap och organisation
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:vxu:diva-6689 (URN)
Available from: 2010-01-16 Created: 2010-01-16 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved
4. Limits of the gift: Exploring interaction in Antiquarian Bookshops
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Limits of the gift: Exploring interaction in Antiquarian Bookshops
2011 (English)In: Tamara Journal, ISSN 1532-5555, E-ISSN 1545-6420, Vol. 9, no 3-4, p. 11-22Article in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Economy, Business administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-15271 (URN)
Available from: 2011-10-31 Created: 2011-10-31 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved

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