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(De)Mobilizing the Entrepreneurship Discourse

Exploring Entrepreneurial Thinking and Action Edited by Frederic Bill, the late Björn Bjerke and the late Anders W. Johansson, formerly Linnaeus University, Sweden
This unique and fascinating book takes a critical look at aspects of the prevalent entrepreneurship discourse and presents several substantive new theories, prescribing what should be abandoned (demobilization) and what should be adopted or given a more central position (mobilization).
Extent: 264 pp
Hardback Price: $128.00 Web: $115.20
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 978 1 84980 145 4
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This unique and fascinating book takes a critical look at aspects of the prevalent entrepreneurship discourse and presents several substantive new theories, prescribing what should be abandoned (demobilization) and what should be adopted or given a more central position (mobilization).

The contributors contend that entrepreneurship is not only an economic matter; that it is not a predominantly male-gender issue; and that it is not only done by heroes or extraordinary efforts but rather that it is as much a matter of ordinary, routine activities. They conclude that the entrepreneurship literature could greatly benefit from including the concepts of space and place, that resistance to it is an important aspect of its success, and that it is just as much about imitation as about creativity. Finally, they address the issue that what should be demobilized or mobilized in the entrepreneurship discourse might actually be the wrong question, since entrepreneurship is arguably a way of life.

At the cutting edge of entrepreneurship research, this thought-provoking book will prove a stimulating read for entrepreneurship academics, students and researchers in the fields of entrepreneurship and business and management.
‘This book is a banquet for readers who are open to a broader menu of ideas and insights into the nature of entrepreneurship, how it occurs, and the circumstances by which it manifests itself. By seeing the phenomenon of entrepreneurship in new and intriguing ways, the authors in this book helped me re-imagine the many different kinds of entrepreneurships that exist. I’m very impressed with the creativity and scope of this book, and the cleverness of these scholars to bring so many delicious perspectives to the table. A book that is challenging and enjoyable to read.’
– William B. Gartner, Clemson University, US
Contributors: K. Berglund, F. Bill, B. Bjerke, D. Ericsson, J. Gaddefors, H. Hultman, A. Jansson, B. Johannisson, A.W. Johansson, S. Lin, K. Lindqvist, P. Nilsson, L. Olaison, E. Rosell



Contents:

Foreword
Daniel Hjorth and Chris Steyaert

1. Demobilizing or Mobilizing the Entrepreneurship Discourse: Something Else or None of It?
Frederic Bill, Björn Bjerke and Anders W. Johansson

PART I: DEMOBILIZING THE ENTREPRENEURSHIP DISCOURSE,...
2. Constructing P(e)ace-makers for Women’s Enterprise
Pernilla Nilsson

3. Creating the Collective Hero: Stories of Cooperative Development
Erik Rosell and Henrik Hultman

4. Seeds Germinate in Nature, Human Gleam in Cities: An Exploring Expedition of Incorporating ‘City Management’ Knowledge
Shelley Lin and Anders W. Johansson

5. Entrepreneurial Successes and Failures in the Arts
Katja Lindqvist

PART II: ... MOBILIZING THE ENTREPRENEURSHIP DISCOURSE,...
6. Entrepreneurship, Space and Place
Björn Bjerke

7. Innovation, Creativity and Imitation
Anders W. Johansson

8. Entrepreneurship Requires Resistance to be Mobilized
Karin Berglund and Johan Gaddefors

9. The Spectacle of Entrepreneurship: A Duality of Flamboyance and Activity
Frederic Bill, Andreas Jansson and Lena Olaison

PART III: ... SOMETHING ELSE...
10. Constellations of Another Other: The Case of Aquarian Nation
Daniel Ericsson

PART IV: ... OR NONE OF IT?
11. In the Beginning was Entrepreneuring
Bengt Johannisson

References

Index