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Context matters: entrepreneurial energy in the revival of place.

Gaddefors, Johan; Anderson, Alistair R.

Authors

Johan Gaddefors

Alistair R. Anderson



Contributors

David Higgins
Editor

Paul Jones
Editor

Pauric McGowan
Editor

Abstract

This chapter is positioned at the conjunction of these literatures. The authors have studied this community for 10 years; regularly interviewing the entrepreneur and residents; attending meetings and making observations. The authors found that the entrepreneurial creation of garden provoked a raft of change, such that entrepreneurship reverberated throughout the town. To explain these effects, the authors developed the concept of entrepreneurial energy. Entrepreneurial energy is a vitality produced in and by entrepreneurship. It works, in part, as a role model, holding up examples of what can be done. But much more, the presence of entrepreneurial energy serves to invigorate others. It becomes amplified in new ways of doing, new ways of being, yet calcified in the entrepreneurial actions of others. The authors saw how it unleashed the latent, promoted the possible, to entrepreneurially revive the town.

Publication Date Dec 10, 2018
Publisher Emerald
Pages 63-78
Series Title Contemporary issues in entrepreneurship research
Series Number 9A
Series ISSN 2040-7246
Book Title Creating entrepreneurial space: talking through multi-voices, reflections on emerging debates
Chapter Number Chapter 4
ISBN 9781787563728
Institution Citation GADDEFORS, J. and ANDERSON, A.R. 2018. Context matters: entrepreneurial energy in the revival of place. 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 4, pages 63-78. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1108/S2040-72462018000009A004
DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/S2040-72462018000009A004
Keywords Rural; Uneven development; Entrepreneurial energy; Depleted community; Process; Context

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