Critical Management Studies at Work
Show Less

Critical Management Studies at Work

Negotiating Tensions between Theory and Practice

Edited by Julie Wolfram Cox, Tony G. LeTrent-Jones, Maxim Voronov and David Weir

This book is the first of its kind to reflect on what it means to actually perform critical management studies (CMS): how consultants, researchers, teachers and managers negotiate the tensions they experience in their everyday practice.
Buy Book in Print
Show Summary Details
You do not have access to this content

Chapter 18: Critical Social Entrepreneurship – An Alternative Discourse Analysis

James Latham, Robert Jones and Michela Betta


James Latham, Robert Jones and Michela Betta INTRODUCTION In this chapter we argue that conventional methods of discourse analysis are found wanting when analysing the self-narrative construction of the identity of a ‘critical social entrepreneur’, and that a new form of discourse analysis is required. Critical social entrepreneurship (CSE) differs from the more mainstream concept of a social entrepreneur in that a CSE also wants to change the paradigm in which society exists. We advance this argument by presenting a section of transcribed text from an interview conducted with such a critical social entrepreneur who was trying to communicate not only his own values and motivations but also the vision he held for the future of his organization and society in general. Within this vision we believe that our interviewee was attempting to present some creative ideas, but these were proving difficult to enunciate when we analysed the conversations and texts using mainstream theoretical frameworks. To resolve this we suggest that a more fruitful approach can be taken by analysing the conversations and texts through theoretical frameworks developed by Robert Cooper (1976, 1987, 1990, 2001). We justify this by arguing that, like the interpretation of abstract art, the observer is required to adopt alternative ontological perspectives in order to construct meanings of the texts under consideration. Social entrepreneurship is a nascent and under-theorized field of academic inquiry (Austin 2006; Johnson 2000; Mair, Robinson and Hockerts 2006). The key difference between social entrepreneurship and business entrepreneurship is that the generation of...

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.

Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

Further information

or login to access all content.