The Ontology of Entrepreneurship: A Heideggerian Perspective
Proceedings of Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management, December 2011
16 Pages Posted: 25 Dec 2011
Date Written: December 7, 2011
This theoretical paper begins the Heideggerian study of entrepreneurship. It explores the use of the ontological-phenomenological method in the study of a practical activity, entrepreneurship. Enquiries into this situation are facilitated by Heidegger’s insights into the nature of the ontic sciences. To gain access to his insights it is necessary to clarify his concept of truth and to dismiss those enquires that are generated by ontic disciplines. Heidegger develops for our use an ontological method of enquiry, a form of phenomenology, and this provides access to the particular formation of being-in-the-world which provides for the possibility of entrepreneurship. The paper concludes with a reasoned assurance that ontological enquiry has the potential to deepen our insight into the phenomenon of entrepreneurship.
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