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William B. Gartner

This chapter is about the context of writing about context. The chapter uses, loosely, ideas from narrative studies to explore facets of scholarship on context in entrepreneurship. While the chapter, in some respects, might be seen as a methods chapter, that is, a chapter on ways to research and write about context, the chapter would be more useful if it is read as an opportunity to consider the context of the context of scholarship, itself. That is, ‘scholarship’, (for example, what is written in this book) is, in itself, a context for writing about context. In such a context, then, one might find it profitable to consider the reader, writer and the text (itself) as aspects of what ‘narrating context’ is. As a way to emphasize the unique contextual aspects of scholarly writing, this chapter utilizes a form that is ‘non-scholarly and non-contextual’ as a way to heighten the sensibility of context in contextualizing entrepreneurship scholarship.
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Introduction

Selected Papers of William B. Gartner

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Did River City Really Need a Boy's Band?

Selected Papers of William B. Gartner

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The Oz in Organization

Selected Papers of William B. Gartner

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"Who is an Entrepreneur?" Is the Wrong Question

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Entrepreneurial Narrative and a Science of the Imagination

Selected Papers of William B. Gartner

William B. Gartner

This article is an introduction to a special issue on entrepreneurial narrative that provides theoretical and empirical links between scholarship in narrative and entrepreneurship as well as demonstrates how theories and methods in narrative may be applied to the study entrepreneurship as a phenomenon. A conjecture that narrative perspectives might lead to a "science of the imagination" is offered.

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The limitations of the paradigmatic mode of thought as an approach for describing and understanding the nature of entrepreneurial intentions and actions and their interrelationships with circumstance is explored by showing how the author’s previous empirical scholarship often fails to offer insights into the intention/action/cicumstance condition (IACC) in entrepreneurship. As a way to understand and describe the IACC in entrepreneurship, the rubric 'narrative' is offered as a 'solution.' The author suggests a particular narrative gambit (the 'new path') for studying entrepreneurship.