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News and nuances of the entrepreneurial myth and metaphor: linguistic games in entrepreneurial sense-making and sense-giving.

Nicholson, Louise; Anderson, Alistair R.

Authors

Louise Nicholson

Alistair R. Anderson



Abstract

This paper describes a social construction of entrepreneurship by exploring the constructionalist building blocks of communication, myth and metaphor presented in the Independent newspaper. We argue that the sensemaking role of figurative language is important because of the inherent problems in defining and describing the entrepreneurial phenomena. Myth and metaphor in newspapers create an entrepreneurial appreciation that helps define our understanding of the world around us. The content analysis of articles published in the Independent newspaper revealed images of male entrepreneurs as dynamic wolfish charmers, supernatural gurus, successful skyrockets or community saviours and corrupters. Finally, the paper relates the temporal construction of myth and metaphor to the dynamics of enterprise culture.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 31, 2005
Journal Entrepreneurship theory and practice
Print ISSN 1042-2587
Electronic ISSN 1540-6520
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 29
Issue 2
Pages 153-173
Institution Citation NICHOLSON, L. and ANDERSON, A.R. 2005. News and nuances of the entrepreneurial myth and metaphor: linguistic games in entrepreneurial sense-making and sense-giving. Entrepreneurship theory and practice [online], 29(2), pages 153-173. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-6520.2005.00074.x
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-6520.2005.00074.x
Keywords Entrepreneurship

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