Context matters: entrepreneurial energy in the revival of place.
Gaddefors, Johan; Anderson, Alistair R.
Alistair R. Anderson
The objective of this longitudinal ethnography of a rural small town in Northern Sweden, following the presence and identifying the processes associated with an incoming entrepreneur, was to better understand entrepreneurship in a rural context. The significant shaping of entrepreneurship by context is increasingly recognised, with entrepreneurship in depleted communities being an important part of this research movement. 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.
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
|Acceptance Date||May 30, 2018|
|Online Publication Date||Dec 10, 2018|
|Publication Date||Dec 10, 2018|
|Publicly Available Date||Jun 18, 2019|
|Series Title||Contemporary issues in entrepreneurship research|
|Book Title||Creating entrepreneurial space: talking through multi-voices, reflections on emerging debates|
|Chapter Number||Chapter 4|
|Keywords||Rural; Uneven development; Entrepreneurial energy; Depleted community; Process; Context|
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