2.3 Contexts of entrepreneurship in Changing Rural Infrastructure and Services
Richard Ferguson, Rural Entrepreneurship Group, Department of Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, firstname.lastname@example.org
Johan Gaddefors, Entrepreneurship Group, Department of Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
In a recent IJBER article, Gaddefors & Anderson (2017) argue that context shapes what becomes entrepreneurial. Rather than entrepreneurship being the result of a commercial business model that exploits recognized local amenities for self-profit, the rural entrepreneurial process is seen as emerging from an interplay between multiple activities, where values and meaning are formed and re-formed through social interaction, leading to an eventual profit for place.
Our aim in this workgroup is to bring together researchers with empirical cases of rural entrepreneurship, where emerging business ventures shape and/or are shaped by the infrastructure and services in rural communities. We are looking forward to discussion of different views of context – e.g. historical, temporal, institutional, spatial, and/or social contexts (Welter 2011) – and different views of the roles of infrastructure and services in rural venture development.
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