Resistance and change in a depleted community: personal, pragmatic and paradoxical.
Warren, Lorraine; Anderson, Alistair R.; Bensemann, Jo
Alistair R. Anderson
In this chapter, the authors explore entrepreneurial change in Stanton, a rural small town in New Zealand. This once prosperous place has suffered economically and socially as its past core industries have vanished, and it can be considered now as a depleted community. Yet in recent years, the town has seen a rejuvenation, in part due to the endeavours of Sue, a high profile entrepreneur from outside the town who has set up several businesses in the town and indeed in other small towns in the region. Theoretically, the authors take an entrepreneurial identity perspective in examining how Sue's arrival has changed the town; the authors examine how was her entrepreneurship perceived as legitimate. The authors use a qualitative methodology based on semi-structured interviews. The authors contribute in demonstrating how an ascribed entrepreneurial identity can enable but also hinder change in this community, generating confidence and emotional contagion around entrepreneurship, but also uncertainty and resentment. In doing so, the authors challenge the universality of entrepreneurship benefits.
|Publication Date||Dec 10, 2018|
|Series Title||Creating entrepreneurial space|
|Book Title||Creating entrepreneurial space: talking through multi-voices, reflections on emerging debates|
|Chapter Number||Chapter 7|
|Institution Citation||WARREN, L., ANDERSON, A.R. and BENSEMANN, J. 2018. Resistance and change in a depleted community: personal, pragmatic and paradoxical. In Higgins, D., Jones, P. and McGowan, P. (eds.) Creating entrepreneurial space: talking through multi-voices, reflections on emerging debates. Contemporary issues in entrepreneurship research, 9A. Bingley: Emerald [online], chapter 7, pages 113-127. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1108/S2040-72462018000009A007|
|Keywords||Entrepreneur; Identity; Community; Depleted; Town; Legitimacy|
WARREN 2018 Resistance and change
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