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Constructions of entrepreneurship: a discourse analysis of academic publications
School of Business, Mälardalen University, Sweden.
School of Business, Mälardalen University, Sweden.
2007 (English)In: Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, ISSN 1750-6204, E-ISSN 1750-6212, Vol. 1, no 1, 77-102 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The purpose of this research paper is to investigate opposing versions of entrepreneurship and to introduce a metaphor to stimulate a dialogue about the diversity and complexity of enterprising communities.

Design/methodology/approach – A discourse framework is developed in order to describe dominating – and even new and challenging – versions of entrepreneurship. The discourse analysis is presented in three steps: the introductory text to a handbook of entrepreneurship is deconstructed to expose some basic assumptions of entrepreneurship; drawing on several research articles, some dominating versions of entrepreneurship are analysed; drawing on research articles which have recently been published in two special issues in entrepreneurship journals, alternative versions of entrepreneurship are analysed.

Findings – This paper compares three dominating and three alternative versions of entrepreneurship. All the versions are related to the idea of entrepreneurship as a story of creation for our times, where it is implied that entrepreneurship appears to be something inherently good for society and for people. The versions share a common denominator but are also distinguished by different ontological and epistemological assumptions that make a dialogue between the versions problematic.

Research limitations/implications – The results of this research paper have obvious limitations because of the methodology employed and due to the limited number of texts analysed.

Originality/value – The concept of a discursive web to analyse the world of entrepreneurship is introduced.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 1, no 1, 77-102 p.
Keyword [en]
Entrepreneurialism, Entrepreneurs
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-71777DOI: 10.1108/17506200710736276OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-71777DiVA: diva2:485714
Available from: 2012-01-29 Created: 2012-01-29 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved

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