Johan Gaddefors

Johan Gaddefors
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences | SLU · Department of Economics

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Purpose This study aims to discuss how an online community interacts with a local community during the entrepreneurial process. By having a contextualized view of entrepreneurship, this study acknowledges the social and spatial dynamics of the process. Design/methodology/approach The inductive approach used in this study is empirically anchored in...
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This paper engages with the concepts of ‘populism’ and ‘activism’ in entrepreneurial storytelling in order to explain how entrepreneurship may be both an individual and a collective endeavour. Through a case study of a moose park, we show how entrepreneurs move back and forth between individualism and collectivism with what seems to be little foret...
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Some time ago in rural Sweden, a smithy was carefully restored and used as a museum, a shop and an expedition. ‪‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬But who was in charge? We explore this question by tracing the collaboration and togetherness of entrepreneurship.‬ ‬Imagine a newly arrived gardener, standing in front of an old smithy and a water power pond. The water in the g...
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In this article, we explore connections between entrepreneurship, gender, empowerment and emancipation. Through the lens of entrepreneurship, we investigate the spatial aspects of these interlinked processes and illustrate emancipation through oppressive gender structures. This spatial lens allows us to see how emancipation changes in practice over...
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Purpose This study aims to examine how women's groups help women to navigate context-related barriers to their engagement in rural entrepreneurship. The paper combines the contextualisation of entrepreneurship framework and the feminist separatist theory to describe how women's groups in patriarchal rural communities enable women to circumvent cont...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore the roles of identities in entrepreneurial processes during the development of a new market. Two research questions are used: How do the founder’s identity, corporate identity and market identity interact as a new market is developing, and what are the functions of identity in the entrepreneurial proc...
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The creation of growth and development in rural regions presents a key challenge for both researchers and policy makers. In this paper, we explore entrepreneurial exaptation as a mechanism for creating regional development in rural regions characterised by organisational thinness. Exaptation as a source of innovation involves the adoption of one or...
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The objective of this longitudinal ethnography of a rural small town in Northern Sweden, following the presence and identifying the processes associated with an incoming entrepreneur, was to better understand entrepreneurship in a rural context. The significant shaping of entrepreneurship by context is increasingly recognised, with entrepreneurship...
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This article considers how we conceive and research rural entrepreneurship. While we argue for the importance of context for understanding entrepreneuring, we also acknowledge that some perceptions of the rural context may be misleading. We critically review how the rural in rural entrepreneurship has been applied. We find how some romancing of the...
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In this chapter we challenge and problematize what we consider to be ‘innocent sampling strategies’ in research on gender and entrepreneurship. To accomplish this we introduce the topic by engaging in an author-dialogue (Hosking and Hjorth, 2005; Welter et al., 2016). Secondly, we conduct a review of sampling strategies in method literature and dev...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explain how context shapes what becomes entrepreneurial. Design/methodology/approach The paper is part of a longitudinal study over ten years, an ethnographic work including interviews, participating in meetings and shadowing. Texts and voices boiled down to transcripts and notes were sorted in NVivo. The em...
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With a wide-ranging set of contributions, this book provides a compilation of cutting-edge original research in the field of entrepreneurial opportunities. The book reopens the subject from diverse perspectives focusing on theories and approaches to entrepreneurial opportunities. It provides a brief history of the idea of opportunity and a framewor...
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This paper explores entrepreneurship as a community phenomenon to establish the roles of entrepreneurship within the social and spatial boundaries of place. During the decade of studying this place through an entrepreneurial lens, we were able to identify processes that might normally be overlooked. One, albeit unusual, entrepreneurial event had wo...
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This article discusses entrepreneurship in a depleted community in transition. The purpose is to develop knowledge about how discourses are used in the positioning of identity in regional development. The concept positioning illustrates how identities are provoked, challenged, negotiated and moved into identity positions that break away from the id...
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Entrepreneurial activities are strongly influenced by the context in which they occur. It is therefore imperative to understand how different contexts enable entrepreneurs to create opportunities. In this paper we focus on the spatial context of rural entrepreneurs and explore how the rural context impacts on their opportunity creation. Based on a...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to develop an understanding of entrepreneurship that can help researchers, policy makers and practitioners develop entrepreneurial responses to our current economic, environmental, and socio-spatial crisis. Design/methodology/approach – The paper adopts a conceptual approach. Hudson’s diagnosis of the current...
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In this paper we are interested in how rural entrepreneurship unfolds over time and who is involved. Our ambition is to discuss the idea of extending the entrepreneurial process in time and when it comes to who is involved. Our action research approach (McDermott, et al 2008, Reason and Bradbury, 2001) located to three, small, rural regions in Swe...
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This paper departs from an interactive research project on entrepreneurial enclaves in southern Sweden aimed at promoting regional development through interaction between local stakeholders, academic researchers and undergraduate university students in three different municipalities. The logic of the project is that university students and academic...
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In this research project we examine an up-market Swedish furniture manufacturer to look at their marketing process. We found that they had an innovative approach which involved customers in developing and co-creating the market for their products. Accordingly, this paper describes and conceptualises the novel process in customer relations. Our case...
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The purpose of this article is to examine how returning entrepreneurs and local stakeholders are involved in co-producing an entrepreneurial region. A theoretical framework is proposed based on two metaphors: embeddedness and translation. Moreover, the value of the framework is illustrated by a case drawn from a study conducted over a 3-year period...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine theories of marketing and entrepreneurship and compare these with entrepreneurial marketing practices. Design/methodology/approach – The paper uses a case study to explore the social constructions of narratives. Findings – The paper reveals how interactions based around meanings, purpose and identit...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to critically investigate the use of metaphor in the entrepreneurial process. In particular, the paper focuses on how metaphors are used in the construction of the environment, a precondition for the creation of business opportunities. Design/methodology/approach – This paper reports on a two-day meeting betwe...

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This project runs 2017-2020, in collaboration between the research group EIS at the Department of Economics (SLU), the Institution for Urban and Rural Development (SLU) and Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. This project aims at study the entrepreneurial processes within the rural context and is empirically anchored in three regions in Sweden. https://blogg.slu.se/landsbygdens-nycklar/
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The purpose of this project is to gain deeper understanding of rural entrepreneurship and how it contributes to the development of its regional context. We emphasise how rural entrepreneurs use their spatial context to extract resources and build sustainable ventures that contribute positively to their local place. The project combines qualitative research and conceptual work.