Title: The socially-dynamic entrepreneurial process: an anthropological approach

Authors: Toke Bjerregaard; Jakob Lauring

Addresses: Haslegårdsvej 10, 8210 Århus V, Denmark. ' Haslegårdsvej 10, 8210 Århus V, Denmark

Abstract: Large shares of the entrepreneurship research are informed by two central lines of thought. One focuses on the role of formal and informal social networks for mobilising resources and obtaining information about new markets and opportunities. The other conceives of individual personality traits or cognitive schemes as the independent variable behind entrepreneurial activity. Elaborating on the socially-dynamic perspectives of anthropological theories, this article presents a coherent theoretical framework for entrepreneurship research embracing the social dimensions as well as individual factors. The article thus proposes an approach integrating the social and subjective levels of analysis as part of the same socially-dynamic entrepreneurial process.

Keywords: entrepreneurship; social processes; anthropology; social change; social networks; motivation; individuals; personality traits.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEV.2012.046518

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, 2012 Vol.4 No.2, pp.132 - 147

Accepted: 12 Nov 2010
Published online: 31 Jul 2014 *

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