unpacking the crisis: un(der)employment, entrepreneurship, participation and resistance

“I just want a job”: Untold stories of entrepreneurship.

Paper presented at the Storytelling Conference at Lincoln Business School, University of Lincoln, UK, on 13-14 June, 2013.

Despite increasing recognition of entrepreneurship as a diverse phenomenon (Venkataraman, 1997), most research on this area still assumes that entrepreneurship is a positive quality or state to aspire to (Calás et al, 2009; Dey and Steyaert, 2010, 2012). However, not everyone that becomes entrepreneurial identifies with this positive, market oriented, and functional view of entrepreneurship. We aim to give voice to alternative, and mainly untold, stories of entrepreneurship (Imas and Weston, 2012; Özkazanç-Pan, 2009), namely those of the un(der)employed, where entrepreneurship is more of a forced necessary path, rather than a positive, empowering choice.

See more here: The untold stories of entrepreneurship