Foreword and acknowledgements
Edited by Daniel Hjorth
This book has emerged from a long engagement with some of the intriguing and challenging research problems that belong to the many ways entrepreneurship and organisation are related. Many of these problems are discussed and explored within the pages of this Handbook, others are identified for the purpose of calling for future novel research. Still others, this is our hope, are there yet to be discovered by readers that can hopefully continue what writers contributing to this volume have initiated. Why this Handbook, now? Businesses and organisations struggle with the on-going transition from an industrial into a postindustrial economy and society. This, in turn, happens in an accelerated process of globalisation, boosted in many ways by information technology. This requires that new organisation is created, opening the way for new ideas and solutions. ‘Making the new happen’, responding to, as well as driving, the transition, is a process in which entrepreneurship and organisation are intimately related. Indeed, some of us would argue that at the core of entrepreneurship, there has always been this organisation-creative element that differentiates it from other forms of creativity and from merely efficient handling of existing resources and without which there are neither organisations nor entrepreneurship. This Handbook explores a number of approaches and perspectives through which the question of the relationship between entrepreneurship and organisation is multiplied. It also invites you into fields of research, practices and politics concerning the relationship between entrepreneurship and organisation. The point being that presently there needs to be much...