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Entreprenörskap som kommunikativ handling: skapande av interaktion, uppmärksamhet och manifestationer
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Organisation and Entrepreneurship.
2013 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of the present thesis is to create an understanding of entrepreneurship interpreted as communicative action. This is done through reflections on an interactive study that was planned and conducted together with members of a civic network-organization called Societal Change in Practice (SIP). According to Habermas, civic organizations are ideally characterized by a communicative rationality that enables them to organize informal public spheres; that is, arenas in social life where individuals can come together to discuss and act upon societal problems or opportunities that they have experienced in their private life-spheres.

I have actively participated in three ventures with members from SIP. The first venture revolves around my own and members from SIP’s respective practices as education coordinators. Based on our common interest in education and learning in relation to entrepreneurship, we planned and conducted a series of joint activities that also involved our respective student groups. The activities are interpreted based on my own personal experiences as a researcher participating in a project that requires commitment and responsibility. The second venture involves the creation of a local community magazine that highlights examples of civic initiatives in two municipalities. The production of the magazine is interpreted as an example of how SIP creates public opinion in the local community. The third event relates to the organization of a conference on the subject of youth and digital media. The main message of the conference is interpreted in terms of a manifestation of what the public sphere can accomplish, or as a reaction in defense of a well-functioning public sphere in society.

The methodological contribution of the thesis is its definition of three interactive research roles based on my own interaction as a researcher in different kinds of ventures. Based on a theatrical metaphor, I argue that the researcher can participate as one of the directors of a venture, as a member of the ensemble that performs a venture, or as a member of the audience that observes an event.

The theoretical contribution of the study is that it shows how Habermas’ theory of communicative action can be modified and made useful as a theoretical frame of reference for studying entrepreneurship in civil society. Entrepreneurship is understood as a way to vitalize the informal public sphere, thereby influencing society as a whole and not just its economy.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Växjö, Sweden: Linnaeus University Press, 2013. , 214 p.
Linnaeus University Dissertations, 120/2013
Keyword [en]
Entrepreneurship, communicative action, interactive research.
Keyword [sv]
entreprenörskap, interaktiva metoder, kommunikativ handling
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Economy, Ledarskap, entreprenörskap och organisation
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-24404ISBN: 978-91-87427-09-1OAI: diva2:606029
Public defence
2013-03-14, Weber, Hus K, Växjö, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2013-02-28 Created: 2013-02-18 Last updated: 2016-03-10Bibliographically approved

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