Entrepreneurship, as the creation of new organizations, has globally become an appealing call for individuals and governments alike. Too often still, it is simply associated with the idea of 'enterprise', thus sustaining a pervasive politics of homo economicus agents living a 'measured life' in competition-based individuality.
Organizational Entrepreneurship, Politics and the Political disconnects entrepreneurship from the politics of enterprise to more fully explore its potential to resist the economic and ethical demand of the enterprise to be instrumentally innovative and instead to disrupt and disturb the established order. As such, entrepreneurship is seen as inevitably political – it is a constant attempt at declassifying existing structures and institutions, de-normalizing practices and sensemaking to make room for and initiate the new. The chapters invite the readers to revisit key concepts in entrepreneurship studies – opportunity, motivation, identity, experimentation, creative destruction and experimentation – by approaching them through a political process lens. This book offers a new conceptual repertoire and vocabulary that reconnects entrepreneurship studies with the socio-political dimensions of organization-creation, opening up multiple possibilities for understanding and questioning the meanings and effects of entrepreneurship in society.
Combining philosophical reflections with organizational and processual perspectives, this book will be of interest to academics, students and researchers in the areas of business, social and political entrepreneurship, organization studies and management.
The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the Entrepreneurship and Regional Development.
1. Organizational entrepreneurship, politics and the political
Carine Farias, Pablo Fernandez, Daniel Hjorth and Robin Holt
2. Constructing an entrepreneurial life: liminality and emotional reflexivity in identity work
Sara Louise Muhr, Christian De Cock, Magdalena Twardowska and Christina Volkmann
3. A political ideology lens on social entrepreneurship motivations
Halima Jarrodi, Janice Byrne and Sylvain Bureau
4. The role of the entrepreneurial encounter in the emergence of opportunities: Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club
Raffi Duymedjian, Olivier Germain, Guillaume Ferrante and Mary Catherine Lavissière
5. Patterns of intention: Oberkampf and Knoll as Schumpeterian entrepreneurs
6. The onto-politics of entrepreneurial experimentation: re-reading Hans-Jörg Rheinberger’s understanding of ‘experimental systems’
Christina Lüthy and Chris Steyaert