Imagery of Ad-Venture: Understanding Entrepreneurial Identity through Metaphor and Drawing

We examine how visual metaphor can reveal the tacit assumptions entrepreneurs use to make sense of their lives. While metaphor is often equated with linguistic metaphor, here we argue that metaphors created through the modality of drawing can offer a more nuanced insight into how entrepreneurs make sense of their entrepreneurial identity. From an analysis of images drawn by entrepreneurs and accompanying interviews, metaphors emerge that are much more complex, nuanced and messy than their linguistic equivalents. The images allow the entrepreneurs to isolate salient meanings about being in business, but refrain from simplifying what remains a multifaceted and at times contradictory and paradoxical experience.

Reference:

Jean Clarke and Robin Holt. 2017. Imagery of Ad-Venture: Understanding Entrepreneurial Identity through Metaphor and Drawing, Journal of Business Venturing, 32(5): 476-497: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0883902616301483

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About the Author:

Jean Clarke
Jean Clarke’s research explores how language and other cultural resources are used by entrepreneurs to create meaning and develop legitimacy. This includes non-verbal resources (body, dress, space) used as part of behavioral displays and interactions. She also has an interest in socially situated and embodied cognition in the entrepreneurial context.

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