A Research Agenda for Entrepreneurship and Context
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A Research Agenda for Entrepreneurship and Context

Edited by Friederike Welter and William B. Gartner

There is growing recognition that entrepreneurship can be better understood within its context(s). This carefully designed book invites readers to take a journey: from reflecting critically on where the discussion on context and entrepreneurship stands today towards identifying future research questions and themes that deserve the attention of entrepreneurship scholars. This collection draws attention to the research challenges the entrepreneurship field faces by reviewing the many facets of contexts and by reflecting on methods and theoretical approaches that are required in order to contextualize entrepreneurship research. Students and academics interested in context and entrepreneurship will benefit from this far-reaching and forward-thinking book.
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Chapter 7: A relational conceptualization of context and the real-time emergence of entrepreneurship processes

Denise Fletcher and Paul Selden


In this chapter, we discuss the dominant tendency in entrepreneurship research to objectify the notion of context and the limitations this engenders for understanding how context is related to the real-time emergence of entrepreneurial processes. We contribute to the increasing efforts to theorize context by presenting a relational conception of context which explains how the interrelationship of multiple contexts and agency is constitutive of action (interpretive and social) in real-time emergence. This conceptualization has important implications for identifying, selecting and integrating contexts in entrepreneurial explanations because it connects multiple contexts with the spatio-temporal specifics of actioned events.

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