Creating Worlds: Political Agendas of Entrepreneurship

Chris Steyaert

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This paper wants to argue that the impact and role of entrepreneurship in the new millennium can be far larger than currently acknowledged. One of the main obstacles to the development of entrepreneurship as a societal phenomenon, is its close involvement with economics, rendering entrepreneurship as an economic phenomenon to be explained through economic theory. In this article, we would like to explore the consequences if we consider entrepreneurship as a policy rather than only economy, and indicate the innovative power released when we turn the focus of entrepreneurship beyond its economic ambition into the (everyday) scenes where people are creating worlds of their own. Entrepreneurship can then be considered a scene of multi-sited and multi-sided possibilities, requiring an estimation of its political and ethical effects. The first part will trace the ‘narrow’ agenda of entrepreneurship research in how it is influenced by policy-makers. A second part elaborates the idea that entrepreneurship is a form of cultural innovation effecting people’s forms of everyday life. In a third part, this view on entrepreneurship as inventing everyday practices will be elaborated conceptually by including the work of Spinoza, Flores and Dreyfus, and de Certeau. In a fourth part, the prerequisites for a political agenda of entrepreneurship will be sketched.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCopenhagen
PublisherLOK Research Center. CBS
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)8791023017
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes
SeriesLOK Working Paper

Bibliographical note

Paper presented at the 11th Nordic Conference on small business research, Aarhus, Denmark, June 18-20, 2000

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