Research Handbook on Entrepreneurial Behavior, Practice and Process
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Research Handbook on Entrepreneurial Behavior, Practice and Process

Edited by William B. Gartner and Bruce T. Teague

This Research Handbook provides a comprehensive and detailed exploration of this question: What do entrepreneurs do? The book offers three perspectives (behaviour, practice, process) on this question, demonstrates specific methods for answering the question (ethnography, autoethnography, participant observation, diaries, social media platforms and multilevel research techniques) and provides insights into the implications of pursuing this question as it pertains to: the timing and relationality of entrepreneurial activities, the influence of socially situated cognitions, the effect of team membership, and, the challenges of pursuing a behaviourally oriented entrepreneurship pedagogy.
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Chapter 12: Temporality and embodied practice: theorizing the relationality of entrepreneurial events

Paul Selden and Denise Fletcher


In this chapter, we draw attention to the theme of embodied practice as it relates to the challenge of theorizing the interrelationship of agency-centred transformational events and distributed relational connections in entrepreneurship “process” research. The issue of how transient actioned events interrelate with a multiplicity of relational contexts remains problematic for process research. Process theorists have used concepts related to the embodiment of entrepreneurial activity, such as practice, design, performativity, affect, desire, passions, emotions, lived experience and materiality, to contribute to the explanation of how entrepreneurial processes transpire in multiple contexts. We argue that temporality, or the relativity of actioned events to a past, present and future, is a neglected aspect of embodiment, which can be used to further advance the theorization of process by developing an embodied explanation of relationality. In this chapter, we explain how an embodied conception of relationality contributes to theorizing entrepreneurial process as a continuous flow of transformational events and as an evolving relational web of sociomaterial connections.

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