Performativity as Ongoing Journeys: Implications for Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation

Long Range Planning, Forthcoming

25 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2017

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Raghu Garud

Pennsylvania State University

Joel Gehman

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

Thinley Tharchen

Pennsylvania State University, Mary Jean and Frank P. Smeal College of Business Administration, Students

Date Written: January 29, 2017

Abstract

For the most part, strategy, entrepreneurship, and innovation have been researched and practiced from a representational position. In this paper, we make a case for taking a performative turn. Strategists, entrepreneurs, and intrapreneurs are embedded-embodied actors who engage in material-discursive practices in their attempts at constituting phenomena. Overflows, which are inevitable given dispersion of agency, give rise to matters of concern for multiple stakeholder groups. Settlements between stakeholders are temporary, as phenomena will be de-constituted when constitutive arrangements change. Consequently, the projects and initiatives that strategists, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs undertake are best seen as ongoing journeys.

Keywords: Performativity, Business Models, Opportunities, Process, Entrepreneurship, Innovation

JEL Classification: O31, O33, L26

Suggested Citation

Garud, Raghu and Gehman, Joel and Tharchen, Thinley, Performativity as Ongoing Journeys: Implications for Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation (January 29, 2017). Long Range Planning, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2908597

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

Thinley Tharchen

Pennsylvania State University, Mary Jean and Frank P. Smeal College of Business Administration, Students ( email )

University Park, PA
United States

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