Narratives of Enterprise

Narratives of Enterprise

Crafting Entrepreneurial Self-Identity in a Small Firm

Simon Down

Simon Down’s timely ethnographic study takes a philosophically reflective and empirically detailed look at the way in which enterprising people use narrative resources to construct their identity as entrepreneurs. The book draws on a wide range of intellectual sources, from naturalistic philosophy and social-psychology to sociology and organisational theory.

Cast of characters, names and places

Simon Down

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, organisation studies

Extract

John Paul Will Mark Fenderco FendercoEurope Jurgen Ausfend Harbourco EuroPort Steel Applications The ‘castle house’ The Grinning Cat Maltonbury Owner-manager, Fenderco Owner-manager, Fenderco Assistant, Fenderco Assistant, Fenderco Paul and John’s joint venture company Fenderco’s European partner in the joint venture Managing Director of FendercoEurope Fenderco’s Australian corporate partner in joint venture Paul and John’s employer prior to buyout from EuroPort Corporate buyers of Harbourco: last employers of Paul and John before starting Fenderco One of Paul and John’s other related companies Paul’s home Local pub Middle-England town where Fenderco is based vi