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Fiction in Entrepreneurship - call for contributors at AOM 2020

Call for contributors to join a PDW proposal for Academy of Management Meeting 2020

Mattias Nordqvist and William B. Gartner will be organizing a session (either a PDW, symposium, or caucus) on “Fiction in Entrepreneurship” at the Academy of Management Meetings in Vancouver next August 2020.  We are looking for scholars who are interested in joining a like-minded community that recognizes the value that fiction plays in human development, and, particularly, as fiction relates to entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial cognitions, behavior and practices. We are particularly interested in fiction of the kind that can be found in e.g. novels, plays, poetry, movies and TV-series and the like. If you are interested in being a part of this community, please email us and begin a dialogue regarding ways to move this effort forward. 


For more information contact: Mattias Nordqvist: and William B. Gartner: 

PS: For those not familiar with the value of fiction from a “scientific” perspective, we direct your attention to these references:

Broussard, R., & Doty, P. (2016, October). Toward an understanding of fiction and information behavior. In Proceedings of the 79th ASIS&T Annual Meeting: Creating Knowledge, Enhancing Lives through Information & Technology (p. 66). American Society for Information Science.

Caracciolo, M., & Van Duuren, T. (2015). Changed by Literature? A Critical Review of Psychological Research on the Effects of Reading Fiction. Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, 17(4), 517-539.

Carroll, J. (2018). Minds and meaning in fictional narratives: An evolutionary perspective. Review of General Psychology, 22(2), 135-146.

Corcoran, R., & Oatley, K. (2019). Reading and Psychology I. Reading Minds: Fiction and Its Relation to the Mental Worlds of Self and Others. In Reading and Mental Health (pp. 331-343). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Oatley, K. (2011). Such stuff as dreams: The psychology of fiction. John Wiley & Sons.

Tooby, J., & Cosmides, L. (2001). Does beauty build adapted minds? Toward an evolutionary theory of aesthetics, fiction, and the arts. SubStance, 30(1), 6-27.

Zittoun, T., & Cerchia, F. (2013). Imagination as expansion of experience. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 47(3), 305-324.

Kidd, D. C., & Castano, E. (2013). Reading literary fiction improves theory of mind. Science, 342(6156), 377-380.


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