Narrative and Discursive Approaches in Entrepreneurship

Narrative and Discursive Approaches in Entrepreneurship

A Second Movements in Entrepreneurship Book

Edited by Daniel Hjorth and Chris Steyaert

This is the second volume in a mini-series on movements in entrepreneurship. It aims to forward the study of entrepreneurship by stimulating and exploring new ideas and research practices in relation to new themes, theories, methods, pragmatic stances and contexts. The book explores different experiences and accounts of entrepreneurship, as well as reflections on ‘story telling’ in entrepreneurship research, discursive studies, and debates on how to interpret narrative and discursive work.


Daniel Hjorth and Chris Steyaert

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, research methods in business and management, research methods, qualitative research methods, research methods in business and management


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...