Breaking out of implicit conceptualisations of entrepreneurial agency

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Abstract

Recent research has critiqued the depiction of agency of entrepreneurs in the literature. This paper uses metaphors to expose implicit assumptions about entrepreneurial agency in order to enable reframing and informed adoption of perspectives. The starting point is the notion that entrepreneurs often play central roles in the founding of organisations and therefore the ways organisations are conceptualised in the literature reflect implicit images of the agency of the entrepreneurs who created them. Through disciplined imagination, this paper demonstrates how different well established metaphors for organisation afford and constrain the space for entrepreneurial agency. The revealed images of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship are useful tools for critically reflecting on the process of entrepreneurship for both researchers and practitioners.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAustralian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange conference proceedings 2014
EditorsPer Davidsson
Place of PublicationBrisbane, Queensland
PublisherQueensland University of Technology
Pages1-16
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781921897962
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventAustralian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange conference 2014 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 4 Feb 20147 Feb 2014

Conference

ConferenceAustralian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange conference 2014
CitySydney, Australia
Period4/02/147/02/14

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    Lundmark, E. (2014). Breaking out of implicit conceptualisations of entrepreneurial agency. In P. Davidsson (Ed.), Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange conference proceedings 2014 (pp. 1-16). Brisbane, Queensland: Queensland University of Technology.