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Challenging the myths of entrepreneurship?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Industrial Engineering & Management. Åbo Akademi.
Stockholms Universitet.
Åbo Akademi.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Industrial Engineering & Management. (Industriell Teknik)
2013 (English)In: Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, ISSN 0898-5626, E-ISSN 1464-5114, Vol. 25, no 7-8, 543-551 p.Article in journal, Editorial material (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Entrepreneurship studies started out as a young field, one where a mix ofeconomists, psychologists, geographers and the occasional anthropologist cametogether to study the wonder and weirdness that is entrepreneurship, in a widerange of fashions and with few a priori assumptions to hold it back. Today, someof this eclecticism lives on in the field, but at the same time we have seen that thefield has matured and its popularity has led to the field becoming increasinglyinstitutionalized – and thereby beset by an increasing number of assumptions,even myths. Consequently, this special issue queries some of the assumptions andpotential myths that flourish in the field, inquiring critically into the constitution ofentrepreneurship as a field of research – all in order to develop the same. Withoutoccasions where a field can question even its most deeply held beliefs, we are atrisk of becoming ideologically rather than analytically constituted, which is whywe in this special issue wanted to create a space for the kind of critical yet creativeplay that e.g. Sarasvathy (2004) has encourages the field to engage with.

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Taylor & Francis, 2013. Vol. 25, no 7-8, 543-551 p.
Keyword [en]
entrepreneurship studies; myths; critique; assumptions
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Economics and Business Engineering and Technology
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Business Studies; Engineering Science with specialization in industrial engineering and management
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-205795DOI: 10.1080/08985626.2013.818846ISI: 000324612800001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-205795DiVA: diva2:642637
Available from: 2013-08-22 Created: 2013-08-22 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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