Unconventional Entrepreneurship: Shaping Practices Within Fablabs

Maria Rita Micheli, Mario Campana, Marta Gasparin, Amanda Shantz

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    Unconventional entrepreneurship, driven by passion and hobby-related interests, rather than by conventional professional opportunities, can be facilitated within collaborative spaces, which provide access to collective resources. However, aspiring entrepreneurs might also experience uncertainty within these spaces, because of the lack of structured mechanisms to leverage resources. Prior research has not fully uncovered the practices through which actors’ interactions in the space can be structured in order to manage uncertainty. We explore these practices within Fablabs (fabrication laboratories). We contribute to research on uncertainty in the context of unconventional entrepreneurship and on collaborative spaces. We specifically identify three practices to manage uncertainty: community shaping, knowledge shaping and entrepreneurial culture shaping. Through an inductive qualitative research, we show how they shape the space by setting boundaries to it, allowing uncertainty to be managed and unconventional entrepreneurship to flourish.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Eighty-second Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
    EditorsSonja Taneja
    Number of pages6
    Place of PublicationBriarcliff Manor, NY
    PublisherAcademy of Management
    Publication date2022
    Article number135
    Publication statusPublished - 2022
    EventThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2022: Creating a Better World Together - Seattle, United States
    Duration: 5 Aug 20229 Aug 2022
    Conference number: 82


    ConferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2022
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
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    SeriesAcademy of Management Proceedings


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