An Uncommon Wealth . . .Transforming the Commons With Purpose, for People and Not for Profit!

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Abstract The overemphasis on individualism in much normative entrepreneurship discourse belies the powerful role played by local level and communal forms of barter, culturally based collectivist models of organization, social enterprise, and other forms of co-investment. Following Rindova et al., we argue innovation in entrepreneurship can be an emancipatory process with broad change potential to bring about new economic, social, institutional, and cultural environments. New forms of productive social relations and cooperative effort generate new ways of liberating individual and collective existence. However, the dark side of entrepreneurialism also casts its shadow over the pursuit of an idealized commons. Romanticizing forms of collective entrepreneurialism as a means for elevating vulnerable groups may have contrary effects, especially for those already socially and economically marginalized. Theorizing entrepreneurship from a critical perspective, we draw on Laclau's emancipation-oppression dualism. We explore the contradictions and potentialities of locally based communal entrepreneurship as expressions of a dynamic tension, which is simultaneously both transformative and exploitative in orientation.
Authors Tedmanson, Deirdre; Essers, Caroline; Dey, Pascal & Verduyn, Karen
Journal or Publication Title Journal of Management Inquiry
Language English
Keywords entrepreneurship, emancipation, commons, social change, civil society
Subjects social sciences
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date 21 October 2015
Publisher Sage Periodicals Press
Place of Publication Newbury Park, Calif.
Volume 24
Number 4
Page Range 439-444
Number of Pages 6
ISSN 1056-4926
Publisher DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1056492615579791
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Pascal Dey
Date Deposited 30 Apr 2015 18:15
Last Modified 20 Jul 2022 17:24
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/240817

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Tedmanson, Deirdre; Essers, Caroline; Dey, Pascal & Verduyn, Karen (2015) An Uncommon Wealth . . .Transforming the Commons With Purpose, for People and Not for Profit! Journal of Management Inquiry, 24 (4). 439-444. ISSN 1056-4926

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