1st Edition

Culture, Innovation and Entrepreneurship New Directions in Theory and Research

    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    Even though the study of innovation and entrepreneurship is a diverse, multi-disciplinary endeavour, the role of culture is often neglected or under-emphasized. Building on the cultural turn that has swept across the social sciences and humanities over the past couple of decades, Culture, Innovation and Entrepreneurship provides cutting-edge theoretical and empirical insights about how culture shapes innovation and entrepreneurship. It features novel contributions that enhance our understanding about a variety of important theoretical issues related to symbolic management, framing, legitimacy, optimal distinctiveness, institutional logics and the dynamics of cultural entrepreneurship in and across organizations.

    This book also addresses a diverse range of topics such as the design of craft goods, the creation of the Guggenheim museum, entrepreneurial ecosystems, open innovation, crowdfunding, the mafia and grand challenges. The chapters in this volume will be of interest to a diverse array of scholars, from those interested in entrepreneurship and innovation to cultural studies, contemporary social theory, organization studies and management. The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the journal Innovation: Organization and Management.

    1. Culture, innovation and entrepreneurship  2. Entrepreneurship by design: the construction of meanings and markets for cultural craft goods  3. Taking Sigmund Freud to the Guggenheim: the religio-erotic production of Frank Lloyd Wright  4. Who is more likely to walk the talk? The symbolic management of entrepreneurial intentions by gender and work status  5. Framing innovation practices in interstitial issue fields: open innovation in the NYC administration  6. When the petting zoo spawns into monsters: open dialogue and a venture’s legitimacy quest in crowdfunding  7. Generative imitation, strategic distancing and optimal distinctiveness during the growth, decline and stabilization of Silicon Alley  8. A double-edged sword: cultural entrepreneurship and the mobilisation of morally tainted cultural resources  9. Venturing into the cultural future: research opportunities at the nexus of institutions, innovation and impact


    Michael Lounsbury is Professor and the Canada Research Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Alberta School of Business. He is the series editor of 'Research in the Sociology of Organizations' and is well-known for his pioneering research on cultural entrepreneurship and institutional logics.

    Joep Cornelissen is Professor of Corporate Communication and Management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. His research focuses on corporate and managerial communication in the context of innovation, entrepreneurship and change. His best-selling book, Corporate Communication: A Guide to Theory and Practice, is now in its 6th edition.

    Nina Granqvist is Associate Professor at the Aalto University School of Business. Her research focuses on how new markets emerge and develop in contexts such as solar energy, nanotechnology, material sciences and food. Her work theoretically contributes to our understanding of institutions, symbolic management, categorization, temporality and narratives.

    Stine Grodal is Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Northeastern University D’Amore-McKim School of Business. Her research examines the emergence and evolution of markets and industries with a specific focus on the strategies firms and other industry stakeholders use to shape and exploit new market categories.