novelty, invention, amphibiousness, pragmatism, interstitial spaces, boundary spanning, social history, emergence
In this chapter, we examine entrepreneurs who carry ideas, technologies, values, and assumptions between previously unrelated spheres of economic or cultural activity, and in the process, change the existing order of things. We label such individuals amphibious entrepreneurs and explore their characteristics via four case studies. Their stories suggest a distinct species within the genus of entrepreneur: more pragmatic than heroic, and as likely to invent by not knowing any better as by calculative creation. We discuss their role in creating interstitial spaces, contrast them to other boundary-spanning actors, and identify directions for future research at the intersection of social history and entrepreneurship.
Original Publication Citation
Sandholtz, Kurt W. and Walter W. Powell (2019). “Amphibious Entrepreneurs and the Origins of Invention,” in Jeff Reuer and Sharon Matusik (eds.) The Oxford Handbook on Entrepreneurship and Collaboration. Oxford University Press. pp. 541-566. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190633899.013.37.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Sandholtz, Kurt and Powell, Walter W., "Amphibious Entrepreneurs and the Origins of Invention" (2019). Faculty Publications. 3602.
Oxford University Press
Marriott School of Management