The Politics and Aesthetics of Entrepreneurship

The Politics and Aesthetics of Entrepreneurship

A Fourth Movements in Entrepreneurship Book

Edited by Daniel Hjorth and Chris Steyaert

This fourth book in the New Movements in Entrepreneurship series focuses on the politics and aesthetics of entrepreneurial processes, in order to shed light on entrepreneurial creation itself.

Chapter 1: Entrepreneurship as Disruptive Event

Daniel Hjorth and Chris Steyaert

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, organisation studies


Daniel Hjorth and Chris Steyaert We, the minoritarians! We are about to conclude an initiative that we have named Movements in Entrepreneurship. We have gradually come to relate to this movement as a political and aesthetic event in itself. Perhaps it is best described as a disruption in the development of the discipline of entrepreneurship studies. As we once wrote, in the first book in 2003 (Steyaert and Hjorth, 2003a), there was a crucial timing to the imagination of what a new movement could do for the field of entrepreneurship. We sensed that during the 1990s – the great gold rush decade of entrepreneurship studies – there was, as an outcome, already a preoccupation with the disciplinary measures to be taken in order to establish and ground entrepreneurship as a discipline proper in the business school. We sensed that entrepreneurship was about to lose its spirit, its movement, its air, multiple groundings, and fire. So we set out on the voyage, as no learning can avoid (Serres, 2000). The book series, to the extent that it is becoming an event, should perhaps be described as a transformative insinuation, a tactical move, trying to make use of the dominant strategy of the field at the time: to locate its boundaries, define its concepts, appropriate a place in the world of business schools. The book series was thought of as one contribution to remedy this tendency to strategize a place, by trying to argue for keeping the adolescence of entrepreneurship, for staying with...

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