Chris Steyaert and Daniel Hjorth ‘The detail of the pattern is movement ...’ T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets New Movements in Entrepreneurship is the result of a collective and international publication workshop where scholars were invited to indicate where and how they saw the field of entrepreneurship taking place and to contribute to and enact new movements. As with all books, we started in the middle – in the middle of many activities, research projects, conferences, and publications that characterize the field of entrepreneurship. Therefore, we will, firstly, address how this book relates to these ongoing developments and to movements started in the past. Secondly, we will reflect upon the notion of ‘movement’ and will consider different ways of conceiving and forming movements that are applied and used in the consequent chapters. Finally, we will sketch the contents of this book by summarizing and commenting on the four movements or ‘four quartets’ around which this book is structured, namely the four ‘parts’ that each contain four chapters. MOVEMENTS FROM THE PAST/MOVING THE PAST The field of entrepreneurship is no longer a beginning player in academics. For many years, it was possible to say ‘we’re new, we’re giving it a try, forgive us beforehand for making beginners’ mistakes’. This is no longer possible as entrepreneurship is in the middle of many projects – theoretical, empirical, methodological, educational – and it can no longer live on a promise, can it? The question is then how does this book connect to this multitude of projects that are...
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