“We’re the biggest student movement in Finland since the 1970’s!” A practice-based study of student Entrepreneurship Societies

Piritta Susanna Parkkari, Krista Leena Kohtakangas

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Abstract

The social theoretical ‘practice turn’ is now making its way to the field of entrepreneurship research. The extant practice-based studies of entrepreneurship are changing and rearticulating understandings of entrepreneurship and ways of theorizing it. Current studies mainly start their analysis with looking at people labelled as ‘entrepreneurs’ engaging in something entrepreneurial. We vouch for another way of approaching entrepreneurship: we start by looking at what is done around the idea of entrepreneurship. Through an ethnographic study, we study how the meanings of student entrepreneurship organizations, Entrepreneurship Societies, were constructed within a get-together and what the social effects of this coming together are. We drew on practice-based studies, in particular on Silvia Gherardi’s work, in order to do this. We argue that practice enacted around the idea of entrepreneurship have implications for how entrepreneurship is understood, practiced, supported, promoted and so on, but also implications for the (re)production of society.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2016
EventRENT XXX Conference - Antwerpen, Belgia, Antwerpen, Belgium
Duration: 16 Nov 201618 Nov 2016
http://www.rent-research.org/rent-2016

Conference

ConferenceRENT XXX Conference
Country/TerritoryBelgium
CityAntwerpen
Period16.11.201618.11.2016
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Keywords

  • entrepreneurship
  • entrepreneurship-as-practice
  • Entrepreneurship Societies
  • interconnectedness
  • practice-based studies
  • reproduction
  • society

Field of science

  • Business and management

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