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Not all entrepreneurship is created equal: Theorising entrepreneurial disadvantage through social positionality
journal contributionposted on 2019-12-18, 13:49 authored by Angela DyAngela Dy
The phenomenon of entrepreneurship has historically been viewed as an agential and meritocratic activity, wherein actors can creatively mobilise resources to overcome disadvantaged social positions. However, recent literature highlights entrepreneurship’s socially embedded, processual nature, suggesting that enduring positions in social hierarchies may be more relevant to opportunity pursuit than previously envisioned. This conceptual paper proposes and builds upon the notions of intersectionality and positionality to more fully theorise disadvantage in entrepreneurial activity. Underpinned by philosophical realism, it makes an ontological argument about the nature of entrepreneurial advantage and disadvantage, offering a reconceptualization of its relationship to agency and resources. The paper thus illuminates significant structural aspects of entrepreneurship that are currently under-theorised, and without which the picture of entrepreneurial disadvantage is incomplete.
- Loughborough University London
Published inEuropean Management Review
Pages687 - 699
- AM (Accepted Manuscript)
Rights holder© European Academy of Management
Publisher statementThis is the peer reviewed version of the following article: DY, A., 2020. Not all entrepreneurship is created equal: Theorising entrepreneurial disadvantage through social positionality. European Management Review, 17 (3), pp.687-699 which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/emre.12390. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.