Contextualizing Entrepreneurial Innovation: A Narrative Perspective

41 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2014

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Raghu Garud

Pennsylvania State University

Joel Gehman

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

Antonio Giuliani

IÉSEG School of Management; University of Illinois at Chicago - Department of Managerial Studies

Date Written: March 3, 2014

Abstract

We review literatures that inform entrepreneurial innovation, paying particular attention to different conceptualizations of contexts. Early research explored micro and macro approaches with some scholars taking an actor-centric perspective and others a context-centric perspective. Bridging these perspectives, different scholars proposed multilevel approaches, arguing that opportunities are “found” or “made” by entrepreneurs whose efforts are moderated by contexts. More recent constitutive approaches, such as those informed by structuration, complexity and disequilibrium theories, have viewed entrepreneurial innovation as a process wherein actors and contexts are co-created. We add to constitutive approaches by examining how entrepreneurs contextualize innovation through narratives. A narrative perspective considers entrepreneurial innovation as an ongoing process involving embedded actors who contextualize innovation through performative efforts. We discuss the implications of this perspective for policy, entrepreneurs, and research.

Keywords: entrepreneurship, discovery, creation, stories, process, performativity

JEL Classification: M13, O31

Suggested Citation

Garud, Raghu and Gehman, Joel and Giuliani, Antonio, Contextualizing Entrepreneurial Innovation: A Narrative Perspective (March 3, 2014). Research Policy, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2404060

Raghu Garud

Pennsylvania State University ( email )

431 Business Bulding
Pennsylvania State University
State College, PA 16803
United States

Joel Gehman (Contact Author)

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada
(780) 248-5855 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.joelgehman.com

Antonio Giuliani

IÉSEG School of Management ( email )

Socle de la Grande Arche
1 Parvis de la Defense
Puteaux, Paris 92800
France

University of Illinois at Chicago - Department of Managerial Studies ( email )

601 S. Morgan St. (M/C 243)
University Hall 2203
Chicago, IL 60607-7122
United States

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