The Enactive Approach
Chapter 4: Practising enactive research – constructing and contrasting tales of entrepreneuring
The scholar or entresearcher’s ability to practise enactive research is conditioned by her/his commitment to entrepreneuring, as a field of study as well as a practice. The entresearcher has to be familiar with both the general domain and the concrete setting of the enacted venture. Two such ventures, each covering about a one-year enactment process, are reported as chronological realist tales as well as kairotic impressionistic tales presented as vignettes. The latter are structured into ‘circumstances’, ‘predicaments’ and ‘interventions’ according to what control the entresearcher had over their emergence. Both ventures aimed at stimulating local or regional development with the university as a major contributor. The first venture, enacted in 1999, focused on the role of culture, while the second one, enacted in 2014, aimed at adding a social dimension to regional development. A systematic comparative analysis of the two entrepreneurial events is applied to expand the scope of both the methodology and the findings.
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