(De)Mobilizing the Entrepreneurship Discourse
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(De)Mobilizing the Entrepreneurship Discourse

Exploring Entrepreneurial Thinking and Action

Edited by Frederic Bill, Björn Bjerke and Anders W. Johansson

This unique and fascinating book takes a critical look at aspects of the prevalent entrepreneurship discourse and presents several substantive new theories, prescribing what should be abandoned (demobilization) and what should be adopted or given a more central position (mobilization).
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Chapter 1: Demobilizing or Mobilizing the Entrepreneurship Discourse: Something Else or None of It?

Frederic Bill, Björn Bjerke and Anders W. Johansson


Frederic Bill, Björn Bjerke and Anders W. Johansson Data never speak for themselves. Words say more than just a constellation of letters do. When communicating a language we try to transfer meaning by employing systems of culturally determined arbitrary labels (Saussure, 1916/1977). The mechanics of meaning has been approached in different ways. Derrida (1976/1998) has argued that meaning arises from the position of a word within the confinements of a system of words, thereby creating endless chains of deferred textual meaning. Since words are defined from their differences vis-à-vis one another, meaning becomes effectively elusive. Others have argued that meaning resides not in the difference between words, but rather in the nature and design of a system in which a certain word is included (Lévi-Strauss, 1945). Thus meaning stems from positions within a structural system rather than from any qualities inherent to a word or phenomenon. However, no matter how the words of a language are loaded with content, when confronting them we are lured into a specific mode of thinking. Regardless of whether this is intentional from the sender’s point of view, thinking in a specific way makes us prone to act in a particular way. Thus, words and the meaning we ascribe to them affect the way we perceive and act within our everyday world. We can make a distinction between everyday language and scientific language (and phenomenologists, in particular, make such a distinction). They are used in different contexts. However, they are both related...

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