The entrepreneur as hero and jester: enacting the entrepreneurial discourse

Anderson, Alistair R. and Warren, Lorraine (2011) The entrepreneur as hero and jester: enacting the entrepreneurial discourse. International Small Business Journal, 29, (6), 589-609. (doi:10.1177/0266242611416417).


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Employing a social constructivist 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 distinct presence in society that is shaped by cultural norms and expectations which present an entrepreneurial identity. But identity has two facts, the general, identified as "what" and the individual identity as "who". We explore the identity play of one flamboyant entrepreneur, Michael O'Leary, to show how he employs the entrepreneurial discourse to establish a unique entrepreneurial identity that is used to strategic advantage.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1177/0266242611416417
Additional Information: ranjed at 3 in ABS list
ISSNs: 0266-2426 (print)
Keywords: creative destruction, discourse, entrepreneur, entrepreneurial identity, media, narrative
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Management
Faculty of Business and Law > Southampton Business School
ePrint ID: 58471
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
December 2011Published
16 August 2011Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:39

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