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Title: Living in beta
An ethical discussion of an entrepreneurial subjectification
Author: Sigurdarson, Hallur Thor
Abstract: This thesis discusses entrepreneurship from an ethical perspective. Organizational management has been a leading perspective on entrepreneurship and innovative practices. Management is however based on control, a practice of organizing, structuring and limiting space. It can be described as a reactive force. Entrepreneurship, on the other hand, is a creative practice of openings, of going beyond boundaries and creating lines of flight. It can be described as an active force. There is a need for different perspectives on entrepreneurship, which complement its active forces, rather than cutting them off. In this respect this thesis proposes an ethical approach founded on a post-modern philosophic thought. An ethical discussion is developed from a phrase, coined at the Copenhagen Innovation Symposium (CIS): learn to live in beta. The phrase represents an entrepreneurial subjectification, i.e. a constant becoming and a refrain in a chaotic world of chance and change, active and reactive forces. The thesis sets out do describe living in beta based on the philosophical perspective and selected presentations and discussions from the Copenhagen Innovation Symposium, especially design-driven innovation and experience economy. The conclusions made, are that the ethical substance of living in beta, is willing and embracing change. Its mode of subjectification is through problematizations and resistance. Solutions and meanings become reasons for new problems, for deterritorialization and creation of new meanings. Its approach or ethical work is an artful becoming of playfulness and affirmation. Living in beta is therefore, to unburden one of her own opinions, “to release oneself from one self”, can be described as an objective of its problematizations and playfulness, which ultimately can be described as an affective or disruptive experience, an in-between event that dismantles life. Living in beta offers an alternative to managerial thought of entrepreneurship. Of freedom to create and openness, rather than control and limitations. Of ethical work, rather than moral values. It suggests a change in organizational structure and the boundaries between the roles of managers and employees.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10417/827
Date: 2010-01-14
Pages: 90 s.
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