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Heidegger and Entrepreneurship

A Phenomenological Approach, 1st Edition

By Håvard Åsvoll


108 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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This book proposes that entrepreneurial practice is often considered an "applicable" paradigm. An "applicable" paradigm - which focus too much on planned, analytical, calculable, tool-based and ready-to-hand modes of decision making action. Hence, the equally important "theory of Nothing" has not received the attention it deserves.

With reference to Heidegger’s existence oriented philosophy, Heidegger and Entrepreneurship: A Phenomenological Approach indicates how nothing can be a condition for an entrepreneurial applicable paradigm. It is suggested that the "theory of Nothing" bears the possibility of further development and can re-create the entrepreneurial paradigm of applying and decision making. This may also indicate a structure for understanding the new possibilities in entrepreneurship practice, such as entrepreneurial education and research. The book will be of value to students, researchers, and academics with an interest in entrepreneurship, management, and innovation.


"Governments and business practitioners must think afresh about their place in the world. The old ways of doing business are no longer credible. This book will help you to think about yourself and your business in a totally new way. It opens for you the world of phenomenology. It is not about helping you to do things better, it is about helping you to think about your place amongst those the things you are doing." –Robert Shaw, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
  • 1.1 How to respond to Nothing?
  • 1.2. Heidegger and entrepreneurial oriented literature
  • Part 1 Three assumptions of entrepreneurial theory and the potential of Nothing entrepreneurial theory
  • 2. Why assumptions in entrepreneurial theory do not work for explaining phenomena of Nothing
  • 2.1 Becoming versus Being
  • 2.2 Decision making versus being-there/dwelling
  • 2.3 Activity versus passivity

  • Part 2 Towards a Theory of "Nothing" in entrepreneurial practice
  • 3 Introduction on Heidegger and philosophy of Being and Nothing
  • 3.1 Being-there, being-in-the-world,
  • 3.2 Being-in-the-World as technology and enframing
  • 3.3 Narrowing the scope: on Theory of Nothing
  • 3.4 Nothingness and the experience of ‘Nothing’
  • 3.5 "The dwelling place" as ethical construct and perception of time

  • 4. Vignettes and examples

  • 4.1 Technology and the applicable paradigm
  • 4.2 Angst and nothing in entrepreneurial life


  • 5. Outlining a model of nothing modes
  • 5.1 Surfacing nothing
  • 5.2 Embedding nothing
  • 5.3 Sharing nothing
  • 5.4 Inducing nothing

  • Part 3 Implications of A Theory of Nothing

  • 6 Implications
  • 6.1 Implications for entrepreneurial research
  • 6.2 Implications for entrepreneurial theory
  • 6.3 Implications for entrepreneurial education

  • 7 Conclusion: Nothing as the nascent and revitalizing entrepreneurship

About the Author

Håvard Åsvoll is Associate Professor of Organization and Management at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Nord University, Norway.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Entrepreneurship