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Entrepreneurial Responses to Chronic Adversity

The Bright, the Dark, and the in Between

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  • Provides insights into the psychology of entrepreneurship in response to chronic adversity
  • Uses phenomena-based approach which will appeal to different scholars from different theory-based traditions
  • Engages SDGs related to no poverty, good health & well-being, quality education, gender equality, & decent work
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Table of contents (7 chapters)


About this book

This open acess book extends recent work on entrepreneurship in response to adverse events to explore entrepreneurial responses by people who face chronic adversity more deeply.  Instead of focusing on the sort of responses intended to destroy the institutions that create and sustain chronic adversity, the authors are interested in how individuals use entrepreneurial action to find a way within these adverse constraints to improve their lives.

They explore the positive outcomes arising from these entrepreneurial actions for the entrepreneurial actor and their family members as well as the negative consequences of these entrepreneurial responses to chronic adversity—outcomes that diminish others’ well-being.

The book relies on the lived experiences of those facing chronic adversity to provide insights into the bright—and dark—sides of entrepreneurship and the complexity of these relationships. It will serve as a valuable resource to scholars seeking to understandhow entrepreneurial action is conceived and implemented by those facing challenging resource-poor environments.

Authors and Affiliations

  • University of Notre Dame, Bloomington, USA

    Dean A. Shepherd

  • Department of Business Administration, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden

    Vinit Parida

  • University of Vaasa, Vaasa, Finland

    Vinit Parida

  • University of St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland

    Joakim Wincent

  • Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland

    Joakim Wincent

About the authors

Dean Shepherd is the Ray and Milann Siegfried Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame University, USA.

Vinit Parida is the Chaired Professor for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Luleå University of Technology, Sweden and University of Vaasa, Finland

Joakim Wincent is a Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of St Gallen, Switzerland and Hanken School of Economics, Finland. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Entrepreneurial Responses to Chronic Adversity

  • Book Subtitle: The Bright, the Dark, and the in Between

  • Authors: Dean A. Shepherd, Vinit Parida, Joakim Wincent

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  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Business and Management, Business and Management (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-04883-8Published: 15 June 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-04886-9Published: 15 June 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-04884-5Published: 13 June 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XI, 213

  • Number of Illustrations: 2 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Entrepreneurship, Organization, Business Strategy/Leadership

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