A Sociotechnological Theory of Discursive Change and Entrepreneurial Capacity: Novelty and Networks

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Robert Edgell

SUNY Polytechnic Institute; University of St. Gallen; Columbia University - Columbia Business School

Date Written: 2014


A diverse body of literature confirms the need to better understand the antecedents of national entrepreneurial capacity, especially for developing nations. Although many institutional scholars of varying views argue for policies that stimulate the development of entrepreneurial capacity as a safeguard to sustainable progress, they often disagree about the optimal institutional path to achieving more robust entrepreneurial activity. Building upon the concept that novelty is a function of networks, I argue for a systemic approach that considers and integrates relevant aspects from multiple views. In particular, this paper provides insight into the specific antecedent micro and macro sociotechnological variables that predict sustainable opportunity for those in society who often are most at employment risk. By reviewing interdisciplinary literature including cognitive and developmental psychology, societal influences, technological and national systems, and discursive institutional theories, the paper sheds theoretical light on a previously underexplored area. It contributes an integrated entrepreneurial capacity development theory with eight (8) propositions that link antecedent variables with discursive strategies for institutional change. Also, the paper provides a more scientific construction of design culture. The paper concludes with critical comments and additional areas for future research.

Keywords: Change; Institutional Theory; Creativity; Innovation; Abductive Reasoning; Personality; Divergent Thinking; Discourse; Technology; Actor Network Theory; Sociotechnological; Technology; Discursive; Policy; Entrepreneurship; Social Skill; Social Economic Status (SES); Parenting; Communal Networks

Suggested Citation

Edgell, Robert, A Sociotechnological Theory of Discursive Change and Entrepreneurial Capacity: Novelty and Networks (2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3164320 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3164320

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