Entrepreneurial imagining: How a small team of arts entrepreneurs created the world’s largest traveling carillon

Date

2021

Authors

Elias, Sara R. S. T. A.
Chiles, Todd H.
Crawford, Brett

Journal Title

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Volume Title

Publisher

Organization Studies

Abstract

Although imagination has been recognized as essential to entrepreneuring, the processes by which entrepreneurs imagine and generate novelty remain insufficiently understood. To begin addressing this oversight, we propose a rhizomatic process model of entrepreneurial imagining that comprises five elements: experiencing, early creating, reaching an impasse and gestating, (re)creating and evaluating imagined futures, and choosing and enterprising. To generate this dynamic process model, we undertook an abductive, 25-month case study, guided by enactive research, to investigate how a small team of arts entrepreneurs created the world’s largest traveling carillon. Our primary contribution is to offer new theoretical insights into entrepreneurial imagining as a complex, situated, relational performance that unfolds through conscious and unconscious, self-reflective and embodied processes.

Description

We thank our research participants Ana Elias and Alberto Elias for their inventive imaginings. This article is dedicated to them and to Maria Celeste Traquina, who tirelessly works behind the scenes of this study’s arts venture. We also appreciate the insightful comments provided on earlier drafts by Michael Diamond, Dan Greening, and Chris Robert, as well as the participants of the 6th Biennial Qualitative Research in Management and Organization Conference and the 3rd Annual Entrepreneurship as Practice Conference. Lastly, we are sincerely grateful to our Editors Daniel Hjorth and Trish Reay, as well as three incredibly constructive reviewers, for their encouragement and thoughtful guidance throughout the review process.

Keywords

arts entrepreneurs, enactive research, entrepreneuring, imagining, organizing, rhizome

Citation

Elias, S. R. S. T. A., Chiles, T. H., & Crawford, B. (2021). Entrepreneurial imagining: How a small team of arts entrepreneurs created the world’s largest traveling carillon. Organization Studies, 00(0), 1-24. https://doi.org/10.1177/01708406211035501