Who is a ‘non-entrepreneur’?: Taking the ‘others’ of entrepreneurship seriously

  title={Who is a ‘non-entrepreneur’?: Taking the ‘others’ of entrepreneurship seriously},
  author={Stratos Ramoglou},
  journal={International Small Business Journal},
  pages={432 - 453}
  • Stratos Ramoglou
  • Published 1 June 2013
  • Business
  • International Small Business Journal
In response to the absence of entrepreneurial action on behalf of non-actors, micro-oriented scholars typically tend to refuse to allocate entrepreneurial capacities to the ‘others’ of entrepreneurship. However, in contesting this explanatory practice, macro-oriented scholars counter that ‘others’ do not lack power but opportunity. This article suggests how recurrent dualisms may be fruitfully surpassed within a conceptual framework that accommodates the ontological intuitions of both… 

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