How did you get up and running? Taking a Bourdieuan perspective towards a framework for negotiating strategic fit

Inge Hill

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This article suggests a theoretical framework for illustrating significant iterative processes that need to be strategically managed when entering a new field or changing a social position within a field. Applying a process-relational perspective, the framework theoretically underpins what propels individuals to change their behaviour conceptualized as constructing a strategic fit between personal structure and fields. Using Bourdieu’s concepts of habitus, field and capitals as a lens the analysis reveals how capital transformations eventually can lead to a social construction of this temporary strategic fit. The article argues that the performance of habitus expresses temporary field specific social positioning as a social materialization of macrostructures (gender, age, class, etc.). This suggested framework is applied to conceptualizing how nascent entrepreneurs successfully negotiate entrepreneurial processes. It is concerned with a small aspect: how to physically start a business (its registration and the start of trading). In this context, the article unpacks how the transformation of capitals mediates nascent entrepreneurs’ social positioning. This article contributes to the growing ‘social turn’ research situating entrepreneurial processes within social relations and context and the emerging Entrepreneurship as Practice field. It offers practical implications for business support and research directions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)662-696
Number of pages35
JournalEntrepreneurship & Regional Development: An International Journal
Issue number5-6
Early online date30 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management

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  • Activities

    • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
    • 1 Publication peer-review
    • 1 Invited talk
    • 1 Oral presentation

    International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research (Journal)

    Inge Hill (Peer Reviewer)
    Apr 2019 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

    Why do we need to consider the body in entrepreneurship?

    Inge Hill (Keynote speaker)
    16 Jan 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    British Academy of Management

    Inge Hill (Speaker)
    4 Sep 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Research Output

    • 8 Citations
    • 2 Conference proceeding
    • 1 Book
    • 1 Book/Film/Article review
    • 1 Working paper

    Business modelling - a practice by nascent entrepreneurs?

    Hill, I., 3 Sep 2019, BAM2019 Proceedings. British Academy of Management, 5 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

  • Book review: A research agenda for entrepreneurship and context

    Hill, I., 23 Jul 2018, In : International Small Business Journal. (In-Press), p. (In-Press) 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

    How types of social capital structure starting a business

    Hill, I., 2017, ISBE conference proceedings 2017.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

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