This unique and fascinating book takes a critical look at aspects of the prevalent entrepreneurship discourse and presents several substantive new theories, prescribing what should be abandoned (demobilization) and what should be adopted or given a more central position (mobilization).
The contributors contend that entrepreneurship is not only an economic matter; that it is not a predominantly male-gender issue; and that it is not only done by heroes or extraordinary efforts but rather that it is as much a matter of ordinary, routine activities. They conclude that the entrepreneurship literature could greatly benefit from including the concepts of space and place, that resistance to it is an important aspect of its success, and that it is just as much about imitation as about creativity. Finally, they address the issue that what should be demobilized or mobilized in the entrepreneurship discourse might actually be the wrong question, since entrepreneurship is arguably a way of life.
At the cutting edge of entrepreneurship research, this thought-provoking book will prove a stimulating read for entrepreneurship academics, students and researchers in the fields of entrepreneurship and business and management.
Edited by Frederic Bill, Bjorn Bjerke and the late Anders W. Johansson, formerly Linnaeus University, Sweden
Contents: Foreword Daniel Hjorth and Chris Steyaert 1. Demobilizing or Mobilizing the Entrepreneurship Discourse: Something Else or None of It? Frederic Bill, Bjorn Bjerke and Anders W. Johansson PART I: DEMOBILIZING THE ENTREPRENEURSHIP DISCOURSE,... 2. Constructing P(e)ace-makers for Women's Enterprise Pernilla Nilsson 3. Creating the Collective Hero: Stories of Cooperative Development Erik Rosell and Henrik Hultman 4. Seeds Germinate in Nature, Human Gleam in Cities: An Exploring Expedition of Incorporating `City Management' Knowledge Shelley Lin and Anders W. Johansson 5. Entrepreneurial Successes and Failures in the Arts Katja Lindqvist PART II: ... MOBILIZING THE ENTREPRENEURSHIP DISCOURSE,... 6. Entrepreneurship, Space and Place Bjorn Bjerke 7. Innovation, Creativity and Imitation Anders W. Johansson 8. Entrepreneurship Requires Resistance to be Mobilized Karin Berglund and Johan Gaddefors 9. The Spectacle of Entrepreneurship: A Duality of Flamboyance and Activity Frederic Bill, Andreas Jansson and Lena Olaison PART III: ... SOMETHING ELSE... 10. Constellations of Another Other: The Case of Aquarian Nation Daniel Ericsson PART IV: ... OR NONE OF IT? 11. In the Beginning was Entrepreneuring Bengt Johannisson References Index