Beyond Homo Entrepreneurus: Judgment and the Theory of Cultural Entrepreneurship

Forthcoming in Journal of Management Studies

University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2018-910

41 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2018

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Michael Lounsbury

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

Joel Gehman

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

Mary Ann Glynn

Boston College - Carroll School of Management

Date Written: October 29, 2018

Abstract

In this paper, we embrace the critique of the contemporary entrepreneurship literature offered by Foss, Klein, and Bjørnskov, and applaud their advance of the Judgment-Based Approach (JBA) as a way to broaden our understanding of entrepreneurial processes by contextualizing entrepreneurial action. However, we believe that to attain the promise of the JBA, a broader inter-disciplinary engagement beyond economics is required. Drawing on theory and arguments in the cultural entrepreneurship literature, we emphasize the fruitfulness of foregrounding the role of culture — a theoretical focus that is marginalized both in the mainstream entrepreneurship literature and in the JBA. We compare the JBA and the Theory of Cultural Entrepreneurship and outline how a wider inter-disciplinary research agenda could be advanced in entrepreneurial studies.

Keywords: entrepreneurship, culture, judgment, cultural entrepreneurship

JEL Classification: O32, O35, L26, L31

Suggested Citation

Lounsbury, Michael and Gehman, Joel and Glynn, Mary Ann, Beyond Homo Entrepreneurus: Judgment and the Theory of Cultural Entrepreneurship (October 29, 2018). Forthcoming in Journal of Management Studies; University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2018-910. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3274882

Michael Lounsbury

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

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada

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

Mary Ann Glynn

Boston College - Carroll School of Management ( email )

140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
United States

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