The conceptualisation of the ‘field of entrepreneurship’ as a unit of analysis in a region, utilising an institutional logics approach

Alterskye, Alex (2017) The conceptualisation of the ‘field of entrepreneurship’ as a unit of analysis in a region, utilising an institutional logics approach. In: EURAM DC 2017, 18 - 21 June 2017, Strathclyde University.

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Abstract

This conceptual paper seeks to tackle the issue of researching the context of
entrepreneurship, and in particular trying to understand the context of entrepreneurship in regions with differing business start up rates. The key idea being discussed in this concept paper is that start-up propensity in a region is influenced by a ‘field of entrepreneurship’ that crosses organisational and industrial field boundaries.
The context of entrepreneurship is discussed, and the institutional logics approach is suggested, as a lens, in which the context of entrepreneurship may be investigated. Linked to the institutional view and institutional logics approach, the field of ‘entrepreneurship in a region’ is theorised as a unit of analysis, and the concept of the ‘field’ and its connection with entrepreneurship in a region is hypothesised, drawing influence from the relational perspective and Pierre Bourdieu’s concepts of habitus, illusio, capital and associated field theory. The legitimacy of entrepreneurial action and links to the ‘field of entrepreneurship’ and the institutionalisation of the habitus that actors within this field in a region are embedded in will be hypothesised. The usage of the hypothesised ‘field of entrepreneurship’ in a region is then explored as a proposed unit of analysis within the application of the institutional logics approach. This will be together with an explanation of the application and potential benefit derived from understanding the accompanying institutional logics, linked to the context of entrepreneurship in a particular region. In relation to these methodological issues, a method by which the context of entrepreneurship can be investigated and researched is then proposed.

Keywords:Entrepreneurship, context, institutions
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N100 Business studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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Deposited On:15 Nov 2017 06:33

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