The entrepreneur as hero and jester: enacting the entrepreneurial discourse

Anderson, Alistair R. and Warren, Lorraine (2010) The entrepreneur as hero and jester: enacting the entrepreneurial discourse. Pre-print


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Employing a social construction perspective, we argue that entrepreneurs are uniquely empowered by entrepreneurial discourse to bring about creative destruction. Analysis of the representation of entrepreneurship in the media suggests that entrepreneurs have a distinctive presence in society that is shaped by cultural norms and expectations. These images create and present an entrepreneurial identity. Yet identity has two facets; the general, identified as “what” but also a distinctive individual identity as “who”. We explore the identity play of one flamboyant entrepreneur, Michael O’Leary, to show how he deploys the rhetoric and rationality of the entrepreneurial discourse but shapes it through emotional games to establish his unique entrepreneurial identity. We explain how this is used for strategic advantage.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Now accepted for 3* journal subject to minor revisions
Keywords: entrepreneur, discourse, narrative, entrepreneurial identity, media, creative destruction
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Management
ePrint ID: 152779
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
May 2010Submitted
Date Deposited: 17 May 2010 11:38
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:24

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