Exploring entrepreneurship in images of organisation

Erik Lundmark, Mustafa Özbilgin

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This paper explores the metaphorical building blocks of conceptualisations of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship across eight metaphors for organisation. The starting point is the notion that entrepreneurs found organisations and therefore the ways organisations are conceptualised reflect implicit images of the entrepreneurs who created them as well as the entrepreneurship processes through which they were created. Through disciplined imagination, this paper demonstrates how different metaphors afford and constrain the space for entrepreneurial agency and entrepreneurship processes. 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 publicationProceedings of the 2013 Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange Conference
Subtitle of host publication6-8 February 2013, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
Place of PublicationBrisbane
PublisherAustralian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781921897559
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventAustralian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange (ACERE) 2013 - Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 5 Feb 20138 Feb 2013


ConferenceAustralian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange (ACERE) 2013


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