(De)Mobilizing the Entrepreneurship Discourse

(De)Mobilizing the Entrepreneurship Discourse

Exploring Entrepreneurial Thinking and Action

Edited by Frederic Bill, Björn Bjerke and Anders W. Johansson

This unique and fascinating book takes a critical look at aspects of the prevalent entrepreneurship discourse and presents several substantive new theories, prescribing what should be abandoned (demobilization) and what should be adopted or given a more central position (mobilization).

Chapter 4: Seeds Germinate in Nature, Humans Gleam in Cities: An Exploring Expedition of Incorporating ‘City Management’ Knowledge

Shelley Lin and Anders W. Johansson

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship


Shelley Lin and Anders W. Johansson INTRODUCTION In this chapter we will meet PhD candidate Shelley Lin at the time when she was still a Masters-level student. Belonging to an academic context, Shelley is also runs a business of her own, a firm with seven employees, in the city of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The chapter is organized as follows. After this introduction, which is written by Anders, the main text follows, which is written by Shelley. The final section of the chapter is also written by Anders, where he makes some interpretive reflections about Shelley’s text and how it relates to (de)mobilizing the entrepreneurship discourse. Shelley’s text originates from her diary notes and was written over a time span of about one year, but has then been edited to make it more reader-friendly. Most of the editing has been done by Shelley. Minor adjustments have been made by Anders; therefore the main text represents Shelley’s reflections about her life experiences in her own words. Shelley’s text appears as a story, which is made up by her reflections about what happens alongside her venture creating process. Therefore the story is an open one. A person’s life story is by necessity open-ended as it reflects life, and life is always open to editing and revision. Only in retrospect can life stories be closed (Johansson, 2004a). A closed story is a finished text in the sense that the story-teller makes the plot clear. An open text is not finished as questions the text...

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