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Title: Entrepreneurial identity and capability : the role of learning
Author: Rae, David
ISNI:       0000 0001 3504 3754
Awarding Body: Nottingham Trent University
Current Institution: Nottingham Trent University
Date of Award: 2003
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The aim of this research is to create new understanding of entrepreneurial learning: that is, of how people learn to work in entrepreneurial ways. The focus is on the person, acting as an 'emergent entrepreneur' within their social environment, and the processes through which their entrepreneurial identity and capability change and develop through personal and social learning experienced in relation to their business ventures. This is explored within the specific context of the creative and cultural media industries, in which the concept of cultural diffusion as a means of enterprising activity is proposed. The study provides a critical review of the theoretical literature in the areas of entrepreneurship, learning, and identity. The methodology is grounded in a social constructionist approach in which narrative accounts are used to develop understanding of the processes of entrepreneurial learning and identity formation. Three in-depth case studies of the founders of enterprises in the cultural media industry illustrate the emergence of entrepreneurial learning and identity and highlight the significant processes and experiences in their learning. A conceptual framework of entrepreneurial learning is proposed, based on the theoretical literature and narrative analysis. This comprises three major themes: personal and social emergence; contextual learning; and the negotiated enterprise. From interpretation of the case material, a detailed model of entrepreneurial learning is proposed by developing a group of related sub-themes in relation to each major theme. The study proposes a framework for developing practice-based theories of entrepreneurial learning from practitioners' narrative accounts, enabling theorising above the level of the case. A practice-based theory is developed as part of the interpretation of each of the three major themes of the model. The implications of the study for academic research, for education and entrepreneurship development, and for practitioners thesis, are proposed.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Life story