Uncertainty as Generated Through Social Practices in Biotechnology Entrepreneuring

Irina Liuberté, Miriam Feuls

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Abstract

In this paper, we extend the research on entrepreneurial uncertainty by applying a practice lens, and analyzing how uncertainty is generated in entrepreneuring practices. Contrary to the established notion of uncertainty as a characteristic of environment or as an individual knowledge problem, we analyze uncertainty as a social phenomenon and a part of social entrepreneuring practices. We draw on the entrepreneurship as practice approach and analyze how practices of creating “proof of concept”—the feasibility of a new technology— generate uncertainty, and how entrepreneurial firms organize in response to this uncertainty in order to break the tension that surrounds the creation of a “proof of concept”. Based on a comprehensive study of a large biotechnology firm and the network of entrepreneurial firms that are their partners or potential collaborators, we demonstrate how uncertainty manifests through contrasting understanding of time and knowing."
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelProceedings of the Eightieth Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
RedaktørerGuclu Atinc
Antal sider1
UdgivelsesstedBriarcliff Manor, NY
ForlagAcademy of Management
Publikationsdato2020
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2020
BegivenhedThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2020: Broadening Our Sight - Virtual
Varighed: 7 aug. 202011 aug. 2020
Konferencens nummer: 80
https://aom.org/events/annual-meeting/past-annual-meetings/2020-broadening-our-sight

Konference

KonferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2020
Nummer80
LokationVirtual
Periode07/08/202011/08/2020
Internetadresse
NavnAcademy of Management Proceedings
ISSN2151-6561

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