Objectives: This working group aims to develop research around the sociology of rural entrepreneurship and alternates annually with the UK based Rural Entrepreneurship conference. The objective is to create a pipeline for the development and discussion of theoretical papers that will expand the field of rural entrepreneurship.
Topic: The Sociology of Rural Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship is a maturing academic field that claims its heritage as a hodgepodge of disciplines. However, at its ontological heart it is most often found as a positivistic and epistemologically quantitative paradigm that has pushed interpretivist and socially constructed qualitative approaches to the margin. Nowhere is this more apparent than in rural entrepreneurship, a ‘sub-field’ where an academic heritage of rural social inquiry leaves rural entrepreneurship often searching for a disciplinary home. Approaches have been made to locate this academic base and ontological, epistemological, empirical and theoretical papers have sought to define rural entrepreneurship. This working group provides a forum for sociological approaches to rural entrepreneurship.
Traditional Format 3-4 papers with allocated discussants followed by wider discussion
Session 1: Perspectives of rural entrepreneurship
Session 2: Innovation and Transformation in rural entrepreneurship
Session 3: Enacting the future in rural entrepreneurship
Working Group Session 1 Wed 09:00 – 10:30
- Gesine Tuitjer – Which practices make entrepreneurship “Rural”?
- Neil Argent – Entrepreneurialism, scale and the resilience of rural places: an evolutionary perspective
- Tamara Schaal – Innovations for a sustainable agriculture and food sector: An integrative innovation model
- Karin Berglund – Practicing ‘intellectus’ in rural entrepreneurship
Working Group Session 2 Wed 11:00 – 12:30
- Krzysztof Gorlach – From Peasant Farm to Family Business: The Changing Face of Rural Entrepreneurship in the Peculiar Case of Poland
- Anne Poder – The Role of Networks in Innovative Rural Businesses: A Case Study of Estonian Agro-Food Businesses
- Manfred Perlik – Social Innovation in mountain areas: The adaptive and the transformative approach
- Robert Newbery – Motivations to formalise business activities for poor farmers in a mountainous region of Peru
Working Group Session 3 Thur 09:00 – 10:30
- Karen Foster – Seeing a Future in it: Generations, Work and Business Succession in Rural Atlantic Canada
- Liga Paula – Doing qualitative study in researching entrepreneurship in rural communities
- Ron Methorst – Farm strategy and its embedding in the socio-material context – a relational view
- Katarina Pettersson – Rural and Entrepreneurship – New Directions for Research?