On startups and doublethink - resistance and conformity in negotiating the meaning of entrepreneurship

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Publikationens författare: Carys Egan-Wyer, Sara L.Muhr, Alf Rehn
Publiceringsår: 2018
Tidskrift: Entrepreneurship and Regional Development
Tidskriftsakronym: ENTREP REGION DEV
Volym: 30
Artikelns första sida, sidnummer: 58
Artikelns sista sida, sidnummer: 80
Antal sidor: 23
ISSN: 0898-5626


Startup entrepreneurship is - in the literature, in the discourse of those engaging in it, and in cultural representations of the same - presented both as resistance against prevailing corporate logics and as a path towards becoming a corporate entity. Resistance, claimed or otherwise, is not just a reaction to a perceived outrage or a power imbalance, but is in itself a constitutive part of contemporary entrepreneurship, particularly as this is culturally constructed. We study this paradox, where a discourse of resistance becomes a productive part of entrepreneurial culture, by way of a case study of a successful startup. We analyze the manner in which people working in the startup utilize 'doublethink' to portray the organization both as resistance to an assumed, more corporate, 'Other' and also as a budding corporation unto itself. By doing so, we highlight how a discourse of resistance works as a value in entrepreneurship culture as well as a productive element of the same. In our case, resistance and corporate conformity come together in a way that defies easy classification; one where notions of resistance exist as easy-to-adopt identity positions and where doublethink becomes a productive way of dealing with corporate success.


doublethink, startup culture

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