Organizational and Institutional Entrepreneuring: Introduction to the Special Issue

Daniel Hjorth, Trish Reay*

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    In our Introduction to this Special Issue on Organizational and Institutional Entrepreneuring, we draw attention to the importance of recognizing how processes and practices of entrepreneuring take place in the context of an already organized world. We particularly draw attention to how such entrepreneuring processes, as imaginative-poetic extensions beyond the present, can occur in a variety of societal, institutional and organizational contexts. Overall we focus on entrepreneuring as the process of creating organization. As a result, we believe that important insights arise by drawing attention to ways of ‘starting’ and ‘actualizing’, rather than conceptualizing entrepreneurship as something that was already ‘started’ in the past. This Special Issue thus helps to provide much-needed scholarship that expands our knowledge base and provides a foundation for future research. We conclude our Introduction with a summary of the articles making up this Special Issue, noting the ways that each article helps to advance our knowledge base about the processes of entrepreneuring.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalOrganization Studies
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)159-177
    Number of pages19
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022


    • Comfort zones
    • Entrepreneuring
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Institutions
    • Practices
    • Process theories

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