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Fighting Hate through Entrepreneurial Storytelling by Using Whitehead’s Process Theory

The Emerald Handbook of Management and Organization Inquiry

ISBN: 978-1-78714-552-8, eISBN: 978-1-78714-551-1

Publication date: 6 June 2019


Being entrepreneurial requires social, economic, and environmental sustainability. Stories are the way by which we turn our natural desires into behaviors in the world. Only by fully grasping existing stories can an organization add to those stories. Institutional entrepreneurship consists of stories that swarm like bees between hives of the human condition: food, folk-physics, money, classification, sexuality, art, family, affiliations, coercion, folk-psychology, and environment. Here I explore the first, food, creating both a framework and justification for the exploration of the other 10. I first lay out a theoretical framework for storytelling in the institutional entrepreneurial storytelling. This lays out the triad of storytelling: antenarrative creation, narrative distinction, and living story cohesion. Out of this triad of storytelling nine modes of observation emerge: criticality (emotions, ethics, and logic), action (acting, target, and ignored), and Being (ontology, epistemology, real). The triad of storytelling interacts with the nine modes of observation to create 27 adept tropes which act as the species of bees surrounding the hives. These 27 form the basic foundation out of which nine distinct motivations emerge: unity, self-satisfaction, distinction, social-standing, personal-accomplishment, escape, peacefulness, anticipation, and self-reflection. Finally, this chapter concludes with the 15 narrative beats needed to birth a new narrative into a particular hive. By understanding the hives in terms of their distinct motivations, adept tropes, modes of observation, and storytelling, and then applying that knowledge to develop the 15 narrative beats for the hives of food.



Saylors, R. (2019), "Fighting Hate through Entrepreneurial Storytelling by Using Whitehead’s Process Theory", Boje, D.M. and Sanchez, M. (Ed.) The Emerald Handbook of Management and Organization Inquiry, Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 131-152.



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