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Entrepreneurship as connecting: some implications for theorising and practice

Anderson, Alistair and Drakopoulou Dodd, Sarah and Jack, Sarah (2012) Entrepreneurship as connecting: some implications for theorising and practice. Management Decision, 50 (5). pp. 958-971. ISSN 0025-1747

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to consider why entrepreneurship theorising has become fragmented and how the research problem might be resolved. Design/methodology/approach – The authors first examine how entrepreneurial constructs reflect only part of what we “mean” by the construct to argue that we use different social constructions. This explains why theories are fragmented. But the authors then ask how we might use and reconcile this diversity, pointing to the utility of the constructs as part of a complex whole. The authors discuss entrepreneurship as a complex adaptive system showing how connections and relatedness help explain the power of entrepreneurship to use and adapt to change. Research implications – The authors' proposition of entrepreneurial endeavours as a complex adaptive system provides a fresh theoretical platform to examine aspects of entrepreneurship and improve theorising. Practical implications – The authors argue that this idea of connecting can also be used at the level of practice – how the connections that entrepreneurs use may help to explain some of what goes on in entrepreneurial practice. Originality/value – The paper's contribution is a relatively novel way of connecting diverse theorising.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Management Decision
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adaptive system theory ; Complexity theory ; Entrepreneurs ; Entrepreneurship as a complex adaptive system ; Entrepreneurship theory ; Epistemology ; Ontology ; Social construction
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Institute for Enterprise & Entrepeneurial Development (IEED)
ID Code: 55462
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 28 Jun 2012 10:56
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 20:38
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/55462

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