The Enactive Approach
Chapter 2: From process philosophy to practice theory – building and furnishing a paradigmatic platform
Process philosophy, pragmatism and existentialism supplement social constructionism as the foundations of enactive research. Associated methodology cannot content itself with considering the researcher as a passive instrument in the knowledge-creation process aiming at theorizing entrepreneuring. Instead it is argued that the interests, competences and authentic involvement of the scholar in the enactment of a venture decide the quality of the research. These capabilities are mobilized in order to identify the formative dispositions of the entrepreneur that bring out the embodied knowing needed to enact the venture and its environment. Their interface is creatively organized and resourced by the entrepreneur’s personal network. Positioning a proposed image of entrepreneurship as practice against the general Schatzkian framework as well as approaches in organization theory, entrepreneurial practices stand out as dealing with incessantly produced internal and external ‘situations’. Agency is then ascribed to the dialogue between the situation at hand and human conduct.
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