Chapter 10: Conclusions and Implications for Research, Policy and Practice
10. 10.1 Conclusions and implications for research, policy and practice CONCLUDING REMARKS Entrepreneurship is a nebulous concept, a collection of taken-for-granted assumptions (Hjort, 2003; Steyaert and Hjort, 2003; Gartner, 2004; Steyaert, 2005), which are tacitly and explicitly informed by the logic of practice, in Bourdieu’s (1990, 1998) terms. We assume that we share a common understanding of the concept through socialisation or tacit knowledge through social education. Entrepreneurship (both as a discipline and practice) provides a conceptual framework that transcends the dichotomy of agency-structure, which exists within a paradigm of what is knowable, foreseeable and observable (Steyaert, 2005). In this book, we have demonstrated nascent entrepreneurship as a socially constructed process, which means that it is historically, geographically and discursively specific. We do not make any claims that the nature of the findings are generalisable as the case studies are only examples. However, they are very rich and vivid examples of nascent entrepreneurship and the insights that they reveal may be evidence of testable propositions that suggest underlying theory. The social construction of the business venturing process is elucidated in this book with reference to a complex and emergent process whereby individual nascent entrepreneurs (micro-level) actively and relationally form their new enterprises as a part of a broader venture community (meso-relational level), which is embedded in the macro-field of enterprise culture with its institutions and education programmes. The social constructionist literature on entrepreneurship shows considerable interest in process-relational aspects of business venturing and is receptive to interrelationships between process, social...
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