Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Ethics: Understanding Ai Weiwei as an Entrepreneurial Parrhesiastes

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Abstract

In the wake of calls for enterprise-led recovery amid Western economies, we critically investigate the enterprise discourse. Specifically, we challenge the association of enterprise and entrepreneurial activity. Using Foucault’s concept of parrrhesia - an ethical condition of brave speech - we argue that for many entrepreneurs the expressive creation of new organizational forms is itself sufficient as a rationalising logic, without association to the trappings of enterprise such as brand, profit or venture growth. We illustrate our argument using the case of the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2014
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventThe 5th Latin American and European Meeting on Organizational Studies. LAEMOS 2014 - Havanna, Cuba
Duration: 2 Apr 20145 Apr 2014
Conference number: 5
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ConferenceThe 5th Latin American and European Meeting on Organizational Studies. LAEMOS 2014
Number5
CountryCuba
CityHavanna
Period02/04/201405/04/2014
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