A Second Movements in Entrepreneurship Book
Edited by Daniel Hjorth and Chris Steyaert
Chapter 14: Relational constructionism and entrepreneurship: some key notes
Dian-Marie Hosking in dialogue with Daniel Hjorth Dian, when we had the workshop in Stockholm and you were invited to say something on the theme of constructionism I remember that we, the people at the workshop, and you, experienced a fruitful conversation, covering various aspects and problems related to this approach. What we didn’t quite cover, though, was your relation to entrepreneurship. I have never met an entrepreneur. Or perhaps I have. My elderly woman friend who does Bed and Breakfast – is she one? My mother – who began her own ﬂorist’s shop – was she? And what about my Asian friends who run the ever-open corner shop, are they? Are there ‘entrepreneurs’ in more collectivistic societies than ours, or is the concept especially meaningful and relevant in more individualistic contexts? Perhaps social scientists have created ‘the entrepreneur’ thus to study them? As with most concepts of fairly complex composition, constructionism has emerged in many forms, or, to be more precise, comes to be used in many diﬀerent ways. Not least the – if nothing else – ‘linguistic neighbour’ constructivism tends to confuse people. I believe it would be great if you could clarify your use of constructivism and how this sits in the context of your history of interest in constructionist approaches. Many years ago I became interested in a well known ‘contingency model’ of leadership. Speciﬁcally, my interest was in contingency models as a potentially useful way of joining talk about persons and contexts and exploring their interrelations. My journey...
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