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Structuration theory and entrepreneurship

 "...the essential recursiveness of social life, as constituted in social practices: structure is both medium and outcome of reproduction of practices. Structure enters simultaneously into the constitution of the agent and social practices, and 'exists' in the generating moments of this constitution." - Giddens   Structuration theory, developed by Anthony Giddens, highlights the dynamic and subjective nature of opportunities in the context of entrepreneurship.  There are two pathways to social action, like new venture creation. First, the easy way is to control existing structures and use them to generate social activity. Think of the structures as memory traces in the minds of many people. For instance, rather than starting a new organization, an agent could buy an existing company or become a top manager at a non-profit organization. They can then use the organization they now control. It can also work with quasi-organizations or even reputed names, stars, and brand

Neurodiverse Entrepreneurs

Mental disorders were previously studied as problems needing remedies like medication, interventions, or counseling. A common misconception today is that those with mental health disorders are incapable of the same things that neurotypical individuals are. Neurodivergent individuals often perceive and process information differently than neurotypical individuals consider “normal.” However, that does not make them any less capable. Neurological disorders have been linked to success in many instances, particularly in entrepreneurship. In 2015, Freeman et al. (2015) studied 335 individuals, including 242 entrepreneurs. The study revealed that 49% of the entrepreneurs reported having one or more lifetime mental health conditions. They were also significantly more likely to report a lifetime history of depression (30%), ADHD (29%), substance use conditions (12%), and bipolar diagnosis (11%) than were comparison participants. These results suggest that while individuals with mental health co

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