Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



Document Type

Restricted Dissertation


From the early studies of Frederick Taylor (1911) up to the present, the fields of management and entrepreneurship have been dominated by a conventional wisdom that emphasizes the important goals of efficiency and growth. Furthermore, management theory suggests that firms fail when they are unsuccessful in pursuit of these goals. However, in the past decade the artisan movement has steadily grown, and many have noted its unique aspect of emphasizing alternative values (e.g. quality, innovation, sustainability, and human involvement) that contrast with the conventional wisdom of growth and efficiency. The purpose of this dissertation is to use qualitative interview data to describe how artisan entrepreneurs manage the tensions between the values of the social movement and the conventional wisdom of management, such that they may remain true to the movement’s values while operating a viable business. Accordingly, I contribute to social movements theory by describing how social movement actors manage the frictions between growing their ventures and being part of the artisan movement.



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Committee Chair

Mathias, Blake