Entrepreneurship-as-practice: grounding contemporary theories of practice into entrepreneurship studies

Neil A. Thompson*, Karen Verduijn, William B. Gartner

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In this article, we contend that entrepreneurship studies would greatly benefit from engagement with contemporary theorizations of practice. The practice tradition conceives of the process of entrepreneuring as the enactment and entanglement of multiple practices. Appreciating entrepreneurial phenomena as the enactment and entanglement of practices orients researchers to an ontological understanding of entrepreneuring as relational, material and processual. Therefore, practice theories direct scholars towards observing and explaining the real-time practices of entrepreneuring practitioners. Articles in this special issue on ‘entrepreneurship-as-practice’ are discussed and suggestions for future research and scholarship that utilize contemporary theorizations of practice are offered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-256
Number of pages10
JournalEntrepreneurship and Regional Development
Issue number3-4
Early online date18 Mar 2020
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020


  • entanglement
  • entrepreneuring
  • Entrepreneurship-as-practice
  • nexus of practices
  • relational epistemology
  • site ontology


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