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Entrepreneurship as a community phenomenon: reconnecting meanings and place.

Anderson, Alistair R.; Gaddefors, Johan

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Alistair R. Anderson

Johan Gaddefors

Abstract

This paper explores entrepreneurship as a community phenomenon to establish the roles of entrepreneurship within the social and spatial boundaries of place. During the decade of studying this place through an entrepreneurial lens, we were able to identify processes that might normally be overlooked. One, albeit unusual, entrepreneurial event had worked to trigger these changes. We found a renewed sense of belonging and a stronger sense of place meaning that had revitalised this previously depleted community. Entrepreneurship had worked in and for the community by realigning the meanings and attributes of place. We argue that our novel unit for analysis, entrepreneurship in place, offers a broader, perhaps richer, view of entrepreneurship as a socialised phenomenon.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 1, 2016
Journal International journal of entrepreneurship and small business
Print ISSN 1476-1297
Electronic ISSN 1741-8054
Publisher Inderscience
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 4
Pages 504-518
Institution Citation ANDERSON, A.R. and GADDEFORS, J. 2016. Entrepreneurship as a community phenomenon: reconnecting meanings and place. International journal of entrepreneurship and small business [online], 28(4), pages 504-518. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1504/IJESB.2016.077576
DOI https://doi.org/10.1504/IJESB.2016.077576
Keywords Societal entrepreneurship; Entrepreneurship for change; Longitudinal study; Rural entrepreneurship; Engagement; Sense of belonging; Sense of place; Context; Community phenomenon; Meaning

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