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Business and Management.
In this chapter, we explore the untold stories of Spanish and Irish necessity entrepreneurs to better understand the process of becoming an entrepreneur. Working with narratives, media articles, and policy documents, we illustrate how necessity entrepreneurs do not recognize themselves in the institutionalized entrepreneur narrative as empowered, creative and independent individuals. It is necessity, not opportunity that is pushing, not pulling, them to become entrepreneurial. The process is experienced as more fragmented than official narratives outline. In exposing these untold stories, the chapter expands our understanding of entrepreneurship, presenting a more nuanced view of both entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurial process.
Garcia-Lorenzo, L., Sell-Trujillo, L. and Donnelly, P. (2014) ‘I Just Want a Job’: The Untold Stories of Entrepreneurship. In M. Izak, L. Hitchin and D. Anderson (eds) Untold Stories in Organisations, pp. 143–167. New York, NY: Routledge, 2014.