Performativity as ongoing journeys: Implications for strategy, entrepreneurship, and innovation

Raghu Garud, Joel Gehman, Thinley Tharchen

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For the most part, strategy, entrepreneurship, and innovation have been researched and practiced from a representational position. In this paper, we make a case for taking a performative turn. Strategists, entrepreneurs, and intrapreneurs are embedded-embodied actors who engage in material-discursive practices in their attempts at constituting phenomena. Overflows, which are inevitable given dispersion of agency, give rise to matters of concern for multiple stakeholder groups. Settlements between stakeholders are temporary, as phenomena will be de-constituted when constitutive arrangements change. Consequently, the projects and initiatives that strategists, entrepreneurs, and intrapreneurs undertake are best seen as ongoing journeys.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)500-509
Number of pages10
JournalLong Range Planning
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Finance
  • Strategy and Management


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