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Mediating creativity and imitation in entrepreneurship theory
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering. (Innovation Management)
2006 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Creativity and innovation are considered to be constitutive of entrepreneurship. Imitation as a theoretical concept has engaged few scholars, while creativity has met with great interest. Ricoeur argues that imitation is the base of human action and that innovation is a necessary part of making sense of human action. Based on Riceurs threefold mimesis it is argued in this paper that entrepreneurship can be understood as creative imitation, the base is imitation but there is also always a creative component in emplotment, whereby meaning is created. It is argued that creative imitation is an everyday phenomenon and that entrepreneurship therefore is accessible to ordinary people and not just a few. Further a reading of Ricoeur encourages the temporal characteristics of entrepreneurship to be taken seriously.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006.
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Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Innovation and Design
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-13854OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-13854DiVA: diva2:469657
Conference
14th Nordic Conference on Small Business Research in Stockholm, May 11-13, 2006
Available from: 2011-12-26 Created: 2011-12-26 Last updated: 2017-06-27Bibliographically approved

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