'Becoming other' : entrepreneuring as subversive organising.

Maria Daskalaki, Antti Kauppinen

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Abstract

This paper discusses entrepreneurship as a process of subversive organising, a journey towards becoming Other. Employing the organising field of stand-up comedy in Finland, we argue that the desire to become an entrepreneur is not only an individual quest, but also a social, subversive desire to resist fixed, institutionally bounded professional identities. Subversive desire, performed through de/professionalisation and de/institutionalisation, constitutes entrepreneuring as a social practice of creation: a nonlinear quest towards difference, discontinuity and intuitive futures yet to come. Subversive practice, in this respect, promotes and sustains, rather than resolves, the inherent tensions of entrepreneuring.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)601-620
JournalEphemera: Theory and Politics in Organization
Volume15
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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