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.

Chapter 14: Relational constructionism and entrepreneurship: some key notes

Dian-Marie Hosking and Daniel Hjorth

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


Dian-Marie Hosking in dialogue with Daniel Hjorth Dian, when we had the workshop in Stockholm and you were invited to say something on the theme of constructionism I remember that we, the people at the workshop, and you, experienced a fruitful conversation, covering various aspects and problems related to this approach. What we didn’t quite cover, though, was your relation to entrepreneurship. I have never met an entrepreneur. Or perhaps I have. My elderly woman friend who does Bed and Breakfast – is she one? My mother – who began her own florist’s shop – was she? And what about my Asian friends who run the ever-open corner shop, are they? Are there ‘entrepreneurs’ in more collectivistic societies than ours, or is the concept especially meaningful and relevant in more individualistic contexts? Perhaps social scientists have created ‘the entrepreneur’ thus to study them? As with most concepts of fairly complex composition, constructionism has emerged in many forms, or, to be more precise, comes to be used in many different ways. Not least the – if nothing else – ‘linguistic neighbour’ constructivism tends to confuse people. I believe it would be great if you could clarify your use of constructivism and how this sits in the context of your history of interest in constructionist approaches. Many years ago I became interested in a well known ‘contingency model’ of leadership. Specifically, my interest was in contingency models as a potentially useful way of joining talk about persons and contexts and exploring their interrelations. My journey...

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