Entrepreneurship and poetry: analyzing an aesthetic dimension

Robert Smith

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The purpose of this paper is to investigate the aesthetic dimension of entrepreneur poems. The notion of the entrepreneur as storyteller, and the entrepreneur story as cultural genres have become so firmly entrenched in the collective social consciousness that little consideration is given to the existence of other narrative genres, such as business poetry as expressions, or manifestations of enterprising behaviour and indeed identities. Poetry, like art, possesses aesthetic dimensions which make it difficult to theorize and analyze. Indeed, as a genre, poetry seldom features as a heuristic device for better understanding entrepreneurial behaviour or learning. This is surprising because poetry in particular is a wonderfully creative and expressive narrative medium and accordingly, many entrepreneurs engage in writing poetry as a form of creative expression.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)450-472
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Small Business and Enterprise Development
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Narrative
  • Aesthetics
  • Semiotics
  • Social constructionism
  • Business poetry
  • Entrepreneur poems
  • Entrepreneur stories
  • Entrepreneurial learning


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