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Mumpsimus and the mything of the individualistic entrepreneur.

Drakopoulou Dodd, Sarah; Anderson, Alistair R.

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Sarah Drakopoulou Dodd

Alistair R. Anderson



Abstract

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
Print ISSN 0266-2426
Electronic ISSN 1741-2870
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 4
Pages 341-360
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
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0266242607078561
Keywords Entrepreneurial ideology; Entrepreneurship theory; Individualism; Myth; Networks

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