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An emergence perspective on entrepreneurship: processes, structure and methodology

By Ted Fuller, Lorraine Warren and Friederike Welter

Abstract

This paper explores entrepreneurship from the perspective of emergence, drawing on literature in\ud complexity theory, social theory and entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship is conceptualised as the\ud production of emergence, or emergent properties, via a simple model of initial conditions, processes of\ud emergence that produces emergent properties at multiple levels (new phenomena such as products,\ud services, firms, networks, patterns of behaviour, identities). Conceptualisation through emergence thus\ud embraces actors, context, processes and (structural) outcomes. This paper builds on previous work that\ud theorises the relationship between entrepreneurship and social change. We extend that work by\ud considering the methodological implications of relating processes of entrepreneurship to the emergence\ud of new phenomena

Topics: N100 Business studies, N200 Management studies
Year: 2008
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lincoln.ac.uk:2745

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