Sarah Drakopoulou Dodd
Mumpsimus and the mything of the individualistic entrepreneur.
Drakopoulou Dodd, Sarah; Anderson, Alistair R.
Alistair R. Anderson
The purpose of this paper is to explore the persistence, in the face of considerable evidence to the contrary, of the notion that entrepreneurship is a purely individualistic practice. It may be that taking account of the dynamics of social conditioning, social interaction and the embedding process is simply too complex to be used as a heuristic, instead the convenient myth of the romantic of the heroic individual holds sway. The methodological issue of an under-socialised concept of entrepreneurship is considered, showing how methodological individualism could easily arise in explanations which risk employing contradictory levels of analysis and explanation. To conceive the entrepreneur as an atomistic and isolated agent of change is to ignore the milieu that supports, drives, produces and receives the entrepreneurial process. The entrepreneurial agent encounters the social, may be shaped by it, but in turn, employs his or her agency to change the structure.
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Publication Date||Aug 31, 2007|
|Journal||International small business journal: researching entrepreneurship|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Institution Citation||DRAKOPOULOU DODD, S. and ANDERSON, A.R. 2007. Mumpsimus and the mything of the individualistic entrepreneur. International small business journal: researching entrepreneurship [online], 25(4), pages 341-360. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1177/0266242607078561|
|Keywords||Entrepreneurial ideology; Entrepreneurship theory; Individualism; Myth; Networks|
DRAKOPOULOU-DODD 2007 Mumpsimus and the mything
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