Exploring Entrepreneurial Thinking and Action
Edited by Frederic Bill, Björn Bjerke and Anders W. Johansson
Chapter 6: Entrepreneurship, Space and Place
Björn Bjerke INTRODUCTION As an academic subject, entrepreneurship has come a long way in its 300 years of existence. Many theories have come and gone, many models and interpretations have been proposed, of which some have been accepted, some rejected. Today entrepreneurship is a hot topic, indeed, but it seems to be at an academic crossroads, having many different directions to choose from in the future. One pair of concepts spreading across the social sciences today is space and place. It should, in the light of the title of this book, be of interest to discuss to what extent these two concepts, if applied more consistently, could be an armament in mobilizing the entrepreneurship discourse, fighting for various academic positions in the future. This chapter contains such a discussion. The purpose is not, however, to replace the ruling entrepreneurship discourse, to the extent that it exists, with a space–place determinism, but to broaden the possibilities of the subject, adding more of the conceptual pair of space and place (some of it exists already, even if fragmentarily). ‘Space’ and ‘place’ (as well as ‘time’) are trivial in a sense, of course. Almost anything we do as human beings occupies space and takes place (and takes time). However, the idea here is to look at space and place as active factors in the sense that a situation would not be the same without considering them. I want to bring space and place into the open and turn them into analytical...
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