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Exploring entrepreneurship as misbehaviour
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Economic Information Systems. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Macquarie University, Department of Marketing and Management.
2012 (English)In: Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations: Vol. 19 / [ed] Lucy Taksa & Alison Barnes, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2012, 209-235 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This series is designed to focus on industrial relations issues, covering diverse disciplines such as economics, law, history, organisational behaviour, psychology, and sociology. This volume explores employee misbehaviour.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2012. 209-235 p.
, Advances in Industrial & Labor Relations, ISSN 0742-6186 ; 19
Keyword [en]
deviance, entrepreneurship, misbehaviour, norm, rule, institution
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-82101ISBN: 978-1-78052-662-1ISBN: 978-1-78052-663-8OAI: diva2:557813

Purpose: to explore the links between entrepreneurship and misbehaviour.

Approach: conceptual development using cases as illustrative examples.

Findings: the chapter finds that there is an overlap between the way misbehaviour is defined and the way entrepreneurship is conceptualised in the literature. It also finds previous research, distinguishing between desirable and undesirable misbehaviour based on the intentions or the outcomes of behaviour, insufficient in relation to entrepreneurship as misbehaviour. The reason is that for entrepreneurial ventures, the underlying intentions are often good, but the outcomes often not; and that making assessments of the outcomes of entrepreneurial ventures a priori is notoriously difficult. Assessing misbehaviour based only on organisational level evaluations is likewise insufficient in relation to entrepreneurship. The reason for this is that support for the venture may be needed also from actors outside of the organisation. Furthermore, what constitutes the organisation is not always clear. Therefore, we argue that it is necessary to broaden the view of what institutions determine whether a venture classifies as misbehaviour when analysing entrepreneurship.

Research limitations: the cases used to illustrate the overlap between entrepreneurship and misbehaviour are conspicuous and not necessarily representative for entrepreneurship and misbehaviour in general.

Originality: this is a first attempt at merging the misbehaviour and entrepreneurship literature, which highlights an important niche with a great promise for future research.

Keywords: deviance, entrepreneurship, misbehaviour, norm, rule, institution

Chapter type: Conceptual paper

Available from: 2012-09-30 Created: 2012-09-30 Last updated: 2014-12-15Bibliographically approved

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