Entrepreneurial Imagination

Entrepreneurial Imagination

Time, Timing, Space and Place in Business Action

Björn Bjerke and Hans Rämö

Schedules and places of production, working times and working places, are no longer fixed due to the effects of the contemporary economy. The authors expertly bring together a focused and themed book that deals wholly with the subjects of time and space in a phenomenological understanding of entrepreneurial action and business ventures. They discuss theories and thinking of human action, space, place and time in various entrepreneurial arenas, including social entrepreneuring, environmental and corporate social responsibility, network forms of entrepreneuring, urban governance and regional development.

Chapter 9: Summary and Conclusions

Björn Bjerke and Hans Rämö

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship


SUMMARY This book opened in the Introduction by presenting the four themes that run through the whole book and it ended by providing the ambition of this book and its outline. Chapter One discusses these four themes in further detail. The first theme, the conceptual quartet of time, timing, space and place have been applied as analytical categories in order to find out what it means, really, to discuss entrepreneurial thinking and economic action along those categories. Unlike everyday use of the four terms, we have not taken them for granted but used them in order to gain insight into entrepreneurial imagination and into some situations of related economic action. Another set of analytical concepts discussed in the book is behaviour and action. We found that the two concepts stand for different orientations in modelling and/or interpreting human activities, and we have become convinced that action is more adequate than behaviour when discussing entrepreneurship today than what is behaviour. A third fundamental duality taken from science in general in order to apply it to our subject of interest is explaining and understanding. We found not only applications of both in our subject, but also that they lead to distinct differences in approaching and comprehending this subject. A fourth and final theme investigated in this book is our philosophical orientation to phenomenology, that is, ascertaining the subjective nature of ‘lived experience’ and how this is based on the subjective meaning that people attribute to explaining or understanding this experience. Chapter One...

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