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date: 18 August 2019

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This chapter pursues a novel conception of communication to highlight the collaborative processes associated with entrepreneurship. In contrast to a representational stance in which information dissemination is emphasized, this chapter presents a constitutive/dialogic approach to communication. This latter orientation portrays communication as an ongoing process that creates, recreates, and transforms meanings—and, in so doing, constitutes individuals, organizations, and the social worlds they inhabit. Though the representational stance has dominated entrepreneurship scholarship, this chapter presents three foci of research on entrepreneurship and collaboration to illustrate the constitution of contemporary entrepreneurs’ identities, entrepreneurial ecosystems, and entrepreneurial ventures. Based on the review, the chapter suggests that future entrepreneurship and collaboration research both engages with communication as constitution of organization (CCO) theorizing and explores the increasingly globalized character of entrepreneurial organizing.

Keywords: communication as constitutive of organization (CCO), collaboration, dialogue, identity, entrepreneurship, gender, ecosystems, space and place, networks, narrative

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