A critical understanding of entrepreneurship

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... when using the term “critical” in CES (Critical Entrepreneurship Studies), we have in mind research which deliber- ately goes against the grain of functionalism and its deterministic view of human nature, reality and research, with the aim of opening up space to critique the canon of accepted knowledge and to create the conditions for rearticulating entrepreneurship in light of issues pertaining to freedom, emancipation or societal production. We seek to challenge and destabilise existing knowledge to open up new and different understandings that may change society for the bet- ter; we seek to critique in order to create. In this way, CES can be thought of as a double move- ment which critically engages with the mainstream of entrepreneurship only in order to break it open so that novel possibilities, be they practical or conceptual, can take flight. As we write this text, research that challenges the mainstream of entrepreneurship research clearly outnumbers studies which set out to rearticulate entrepreneurship as a society-creating force whose broader effects have emancipatory purchase, not merely economic utility. To carve out the unique poten- tial of CES, we would like to sketch out, if only tangentially, different strands and research tradi- tions which bear relevance for a critical understanding of entrepreneurship.

Authors Verduyn, Karen; Dey, Pascal & Tedmanson, Deirdre
Projects Dey, Pascal & Wettstein, Florian (2013) Emancipation as Contested Translation: Toward a Dialectic Understanding of Emancipatory Organizing [fundamental research project]
Journal or Publication Title Revue de l’Entrepreneuriat
Language English
Subjects business studies
social sciences
political science
Institute/School IWE - Institute for Business Ethics
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area SHSS - Kulturen, Institutionen, Maerkte (KIM)
Refereed Yes
Date 2017
Publisher De Boeck Supérieur
Place of Publication http://www.cairn.info
Volume 16
Number 1
Page Range 37-45
Number of Pages 10
Official URL http://www.cairn-int.info/journal-revue-de-l-entre...
Depositing User Dr. Pascal Dey
Date Deposited 19 Sep 2017 06:35
Last Modified 19 Sep 2017 06:35
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/251748



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Verduyn, Karen; Dey, Pascal & Tedmanson, Deirdre (2017) A critical understanding of entrepreneurship. Revue de l’Entrepreneuriat, 16 (1). 37-45.


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