Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Ethnography of #Nasf: An Innovation Community of Practice of Self-Branded Entrepreneurs in Navarre
by Azcarate, Tania Arriaga, Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno, 2014, 253; 3672366
Abstract (Summary)

This multi-faceted ethnography focuses on a self-branded entrepreneur's innovation community of practice, known as #NASF, and aims to understand the reasons for its birth and the trajectory of its development. More specifically I examine why and how this Navarrese community of entrepreneurs, while belonging to the European Union, appropriates Silicon Valley's discourse and know-how as its frame of reference. In this sense, I mainly emphasize two aspects: The adoption of corporative organizational learning to build capacity in the civil sector together with a masterful use of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). In this regard, I have conducted a thorough study of the circulation of a metaphor in a computer-mediated discourse and its entextualization. Also, I connect this organizational and communicative expression with its environment. I pay special attention to local sociability, #NASF's participants' social ties, and Navarre's current circumstances.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ott, Sandra, Errasti, Anjel
Commitee: Croasdell, David, Dailey, Larry, Deutschman, Alan, Romera, Magdalena, Swagman, Kirstin
School: University of Nevada, Reno
Department: Basque Studies
School Location: United States -- Nevada
Source: DAI-A 76/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Entrepreneurship, Communication
Keywords: Community of practice, Entrepreneurship, Ethnography entextualization, Information communication technologies, Navarre, Organizational learning
Publication Number: 3672366
ISBN: 9781321497250
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