A Second Movements in Entrepreneurship Book
Edited by Daniel Hjorth and Chris Steyaert
Chapter 8: The dramas of consulting and counselling the entrepreneur
Torben Damgaard, Jesper Piihl and Kim Klyver INTRODUCTION It was late afternoon at campus. Everyone had left for the weekend, except three persons sneaking into a meeting room. In a plastic bag they carried a few beers, which they had deﬁned as ‘instruments aiding data creation’. Once they were seated one of them brought out a tape recorder and they agreed on who should perform which role. One had to perform the role of a consultant named Claus. Another should perform the role of Ernest – an entrepreneur, while the last one should perform the role of Ralph, who was a researcher. They imagined that they were guests at a wedding party and were seated around the same table – and otherwise had never met before. When the tape recorder was turned on, they slowly started to small-talk – but after a while the discussions heated up. After a while there was a knock on the door. A watchman opened it and looked into the room. ‘Are you allowed to be here?’ he asked harshly. ‘Yes!’ one of the three replied. ‘You are actually disturbing us in the middle of a research process – we are performing a drama!’ he continued as if it was the most natural thing for a researcher to do at campus a late Friday afternoon. The watchman seemed confused, and determined by his facial expression the scenery he witnessed didn’t quite ﬁt into his expectations concerning the content of a serious research process. The chapter...
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