Entrepreneurship as foresight: a complex social network perspective on organisational foresight

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/58403
Title:
Entrepreneurship as foresight: a complex social network perspective on organisational foresight
Authors:
Fuller, E. (Ted); Warren, L. (Lorraine)
Affiliation:
University of Teesside. Teesside Business School; University of Southampton. Institute for Entrepreneurship.
Citation:
Fuller, E. and Warren, L. (2006) 'Entrepreneurship as foresight: a complex social network perspective on organisational foresight', Futures, 38 (8), pp.956-971.
Publisher:
Elsevier
Journal:
Futures
Issue Date:
Oct-2006
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/58403
DOI:
10.1016/j.futures.2005.12.016
Abstract:
This paper addresses the relationship between foresight and entrepreneurship. It characterises the foresight inherent in entrepreneurial activity as situated within particular discourses, or communities of practice (CoPs) in a range of structures. The argument is based on the use of complexity theory (CT) to provide insight into the dynamics of entrepreneurial activity. Complexity theories of entrepreneurship are grounded in empirical studies of entrepreneurial action. A multilevel model (MM) characterising emergent structures within the entrepreneurial domain is presented as an extension of existing CT, with entrepreneurship characterised as the practice of foresight relating to that structure. The model is grounded in two case studies of entrepreneurial ventures in high velocity business environments, airline services, and sound system accessories. An empirical model—EROS—Experiments, Reflexivity, Organising Domains, and Sensitivity—is developed to reflect entrepreneurial processes at the level of the individual, the firm, and inter-firm connections—and the interactions between them. The notion of the CoP is used to deepen the analyses, examining how the layers of the MM are constituted through the foresight inherent in entrepreneurial activity over time. As well as presenting a coherent theoretical understanding of the entrepreneurial landscape, there are practical implications for policy-makers and educators wishing to improve entrepreneurial foresight.
Type:
Article
Keywords:
foresight; entrepreneurship; entrepreneurial activity
ISSN:
0016-3287
Rights:
Author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 12/01/2010]
Citation Count:
6 [Scopus, 12/01/2010]

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dc.contributor.authorFuller, E. (Ted)-
dc.contributor.authorWarren, L. (Lorraine)-
dc.date.accessioned2009-04-01T10:51:11Z-
dc.date.available2009-04-01T10:51:11Z-
dc.date.issued2006-10-
dc.identifier.citationFutures; 38 (8): 956-971-
dc.identifier.issn0016-3287-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.futures.2005.12.016-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/58403-
dc.description.abstractThis paper addresses the relationship between foresight and entrepreneurship. It characterises the foresight inherent in entrepreneurial activity as situated within particular discourses, or communities of practice (CoPs) in a range of structures. The argument is based on the use of complexity theory (CT) to provide insight into the dynamics of entrepreneurial activity. Complexity theories of entrepreneurship are grounded in empirical studies of entrepreneurial action. A multilevel model (MM) characterising emergent structures within the entrepreneurial domain is presented as an extension of existing CT, with entrepreneurship characterised as the practice of foresight relating to that structure. The model is grounded in two case studies of entrepreneurial ventures in high velocity business environments, airline services, and sound system accessories. An empirical model—EROS—Experiments, Reflexivity, Organising Domains, and Sensitivity—is developed to reflect entrepreneurial processes at the level of the individual, the firm, and inter-firm connections—and the interactions between them. The notion of the CoP is used to deepen the analyses, examining how the layers of the MM are constituted through the foresight inherent in entrepreneurial activity over time. As well as presenting a coherent theoretical understanding of the entrepreneurial landscape, there are practical implications for policy-makers and educators wishing to improve entrepreneurial foresight.-
dc.publisherElsevier-
dc.rightsAuthor can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 12/01/2010]-
dc.subjectforesight-
dc.subjectentrepreneurship-
dc.subjectentrepreneurial activity-
dc.titleEntrepreneurship as foresight: a complex social network perspective on organisational foresight-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Teesside. Teesside Business School; University of Southampton. Institute for Entrepreneurship.-
dc.identifier.journalFutures-
ref.assessmentRAE 2008-
ref.citationcount6 [Scopus, 12/01/2010]-
or.citation.harvardFuller, E. and Warren, L. (2006) 'Entrepreneurship as foresight: a complex social network perspective on organisational foresight', Futures, 38 (8), pp.956-971.-
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