A Second Movements in Entrepreneurship Book
Edited by Daniel Hjorth and Chris Steyaert
Daniel Hjorth and Chris Steyaert Following our ﬁrst publication workshop challenging contributors to think and write the New Movements in Entrepreneurship (see Steyaert and Hjorth, 2003), this second workshop took on the challenge of gathering around the theme of ‘Narrative and discursive approaches in entrepreneurship’. This is now a book that you hold in your hands. It is again a result of a collective and international work and represents, as such, a much suggested eﬀort in entrepreneurship research to establish new dialogues between cultures. If the ﬁrst workshop invitation was more broad and general, this second one speciﬁed a more narrow focus at the same time as it opened towards neighbouring disciplines where narrative and discursive approaches have been explored for some time now. The idea is that a simultaneous combination of a stringent focus and new stimulations can create an intensiﬁcation in how we study entrepreneurship, resulting in new movements. As we start to introduce you to this book, we prefer to skip the usual rhetoric of why these approaches are important, much needed, etc and point immediately to a central tension in this book, that one can ‘read’ in the title Narrative and Discursive Approaches. All chapters in this book, whether they start with a narrative emphasis or a discursive persuasion, have sooner or later to address the connection between narration and discourse. There are no clear cut narrative or discursive approaches, and the 14 chapters move between these possibilities to enact their own speci...