Dialogue and the micro-processes of founder meaning-making during growth

Greenman, Andrew ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6617-9344 and Holstein, Jeannie (2024) Dialogue and the micro-processes of founder meaning-making during growth. International Small Business Journal, 42 (2). pp. 185-211. ISSN 0266-2426

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This article draws upon dialogic theory to explore how meaning is co-constructed in dialogue as founding entrepreneurs devise strategies for venture growth. Drawing from a longitudinal study of the impact of a UK University business growth programme upon such strategies, we identify ways in which dialogue influences the meanings attributed to the adoption of, or resistance to, growth strategies. ‘Productive’ dialogue emerging from a diverse range of relevant voices encouraged founders to reflect upon the meanings given to current growth initiatives whilst devising future strategies. Conversely, founders could use ‘degenerative’ dialogue to block the voices of others in order to resist change and protect existing meanings. We contribute to debate by utilising dialogic theory as a conceptual tool to illustrate how business growth programmes shape the meanings founders apply to embrace, or resist strategic change, to effect venture growth.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2023 14:30
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2024 10:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/92575
DOI: 10.1177/02662426231181551


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