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Title: Creative and entrepreneurial identity in nascent musician entrepreneurs
Author: Beaven, Zuleika Therese
Awarding Body: Manchester Metropolitan University
Current Institution: Manchester Metropolitan University
Date of Award: 2013
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This qualitative study explores the dynamic relationship between creative identity and entrepreneurial identity in musicians as they attempt to start up music-related ventures. It emerged from the need of the researcher to develop a research base for her practice as a creative enterprise educator. There is, therefore, a real world nature to the study as it focuses on the lived experience of emerging entrepreneurs. The research takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on identity and entrepreneurship theory to investigate the course of identity development and how this interplays with the nascent entrepreneurship journey. The study has two phases: pre-trading, where perceptions of entrepreneurship were explored amongst a group of music students who expressed intent to musician-entrepreneurship, and a two-year t racking phase, involving real-time observation of the playing out of a range of paths through the nascency journey for the musicians. Twelve musicians took part in Phase One; ten remained for Phase Two and participated in a series of interviews about their experiences as they attempted to develop their ventures. The semi-structured interviews were analysed using a restorying approach to narrative analysis in order to build case studies. Findings from the pre-trading phase are of identity claims, the nature of intent and the interplay between identities. As the study progressed, the complex nature of the nascency journey and of shifts in the relationship between entrepreneurial and creative identities were observed. The three key areas for contribution to knowledge relate to findings around the nuanced nature of intent in the nascent creative entrepreneurs, including the observation of intent to practise being much stronger than entrepreneurial intent and the proposal of Tactical and Pragmatic intent as a means of understanding this; the complex and non-sequential journeys the musician entrepreneurs followed through nascency; and the nature of their shifting and interplaying creative and entrepreneurial identities, including the ways in which musician-entrepreneur identities were developed.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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