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Entrepreneurship as a Paradox: A Romantic-Ironic History of a Deviant Entrepreneurship
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Business Administration.
2008 (English)In: Uddevalla Symposium 2008: Spatial Dispersed Production and Network Governance: Revised papers presented at the 11th Uddevalla Symposium, 15-17 May, 2008, Kyoto, Japan / [ed] Iréne Bernhard, Trollhättan: Högskolan Väst , 2008, p. 347-358Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this paper is to embrace entrepreneurship as a paradox and to additionally show how an anomaly can be the foundation as well as the energy for the paradoxical, entrepreneurial process. In this paper I present, analyze and interpret two empirical cases and their stories. The theoretical contribution of the present study is the fact that we enrich our understanding of entrepreneurship as a paradox by grasping it in a romatic ironic-manner. The study ends in the following significant and illustrative paradoxes that also can be seen as conclusions: Entrepreneurship requires deviance - but also at the same time demands belonging, in the sense that entrepreneurship can be regarded as acting between endogenous self-fulfillment and exogenous purpuses. In addition, the basis of the here illustrated phenomenon is to become entrepreneurial. In the name of the romantic irony you can only become an entrepreneur, you can not be one. As soon as one thinks of oneself as an entrepreneur one ceases to be one. Conclusively, entrepreneurship is - and will become - a never-ending endeavor in which "becoming entrepreneurs" acts in-between and thereby are limited by, as well as delivered by society´s and discourse´s expectations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Trollhättan: Högskolan Väst , 2008. p. 347-358
Series
Research reports / University West, ISSN 1653-7831 ; 2008:03
Keywords [en]
Entrepreneurship, art, culture, creativity, creation, romantic irony, rhetoric analysis, narrative approach, metaphor, irony, paradox, anomaly
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Business Administration
Research subject
SOCIAL SCIENCE, Business administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-2867OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-2867DiVA, id: diva2:374262
Conference
The 11th Uddevalla Symposium, 15-17 May 2008, Kyoto, Japan
Available from: 2010-12-03 Created: 2010-11-26 Last updated: 2016-11-21Bibliographically approved

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