Luxury and the Entrepreneur: A Story of Meissen Porcelain, Harlequins, and Creative Destruction

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    Based on fictional and non-fictional accounts, this chapter offers a narrative study of entrepreneurship in which the transgressive force of what Joseph Schumpeter calls ‘creative destruction’ is traced through the production of luxury objects emerging from the Meissen porcelain works. It is a narrative in which luxury and entrepreneurship are brought together, somewhat uneasily, under the forces of obsession, addiction, expertise, collecting, the affective power of things and civility.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Luxury Business
    EditorsPierre-Yves Donzé, Véronique Pouillard, Joanne Roberts
    Number of pages18
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Publication date2022
    ISBN (Print)9780190932220
    ISBN (Electronic)9780190932220
    Publication statusPublished - 2022
    SeriesOxford Handbooks in Business and Management

    Bibliographical note

    Published online: August 2021.


    • Entrepreneurship
    • Luxury
    • Porcelain
    • Creativity
    • Experiment
    • Schumpeter
    • Obsession
    • New materialism
    • Affect theory
    • Fiction

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