Cultural Entrepreneurship: From Making Culture to Cultural Making

Innovation: Organization and Management, Forthcoming

14 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2016 Last revised: 9 Aug 2021

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Joel Gehman

George Washington University - Department of Strategic Management & Public Policy

Jean-François Soublière

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

Date Written: November 27, 2016

Abstract

We summarize three perspectives on cultural entrepreneurship (CE). Originating in sociology, CE 1.0 focuses on making culture, or the processes by which high culture organizations and popular culture products are created. With roots in strategic management and organization theory, CE 2.0 focuses on deploying culture, or the processes by which culture constitutes a toolkit for legitimating new ventures. We interpret recent scholarship as suggesting the emergence of a third wave, CE 3.0, which emphasizes cultural making, the distributed and intertemporal processes whereby value is created across multiple and fluid repertoires and registers of meaning. We close by speculating on two issues: the performativity of cultural entrepreneurship, and the cult of entrepreneurship.

Keywords: Cultural Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Cultural Industries, Popular Culture, High Culture

JEL Classification: O32, O35, L26, L31

Suggested Citation

Gehman, Joel and Soublière, Jean-François, Cultural Entrepreneurship: From Making Culture to Cultural Making (November 27, 2016). Innovation: Organization and Management, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2876349

Joel Gehman (Contact Author)

George Washington University - Department of Strategic Management & Public Policy ( email )

Washington, DC 20052
United States

Jean-François Soublière

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

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada

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