The dynamic construction of an incubation context: a practice theory perspective

van Erkelens, A. M., Thompson, N. A. and Chalmers, D. (2023) The dynamic construction of an incubation context: a practice theory perspective. Small Business Economics, (doi: 10.1007/s11187-023-00771-5) (Early Online Publication)

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To deepen theory on the interplay between entrepreneurship and context, recent scholarship calls for more understanding on how entrepreneurs and stakeholders collectively do “contexts.” In this study, we examine how a dynamic and flexible incubation context is constructed by joint efforts between entrepreneurs and incubator management. Findings from a 4-month ethnography point to four practices—onboarding, gathering, lunching, and feedbacking—through which entrepreneurs and incubator management maintain a productive balance between agency and structure on a daily basis. These findings have several theoretical implications for theory on incubation processes and the entrepreneurship-context nexus.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Contextualization, practice theory, entrepreneurial support organization, incubator, social entrepreneurship.
Status:Early Online Publication
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Chalmers, Professor Dominic
Authors: van Erkelens, A. M., Thompson, N. A., and Chalmers, D.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Small Business Economics
Journal Abbr.:SBE
ISSN (Online):1573-0913
Published Online:04 May 2023
Copyright Holders:Copyright © The Author(s) 2023
First Published:First published in Small Business Economics 2023
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

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