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Title: The factors and forces influencing evolution : an empirical study of entrepreneurs in context of organisational life
Author: Wagg, Andrew
ISNI:       0000 0004 6347 465X
Awarding Body: Keele University
Current Institution: Keele University
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis challenges the widely held theories based on quantitative research which suggest entrepreneurs are a particular type of individual, and exhibit certain traits. The study analyses the contention that entrepreneurs have to act in particular ways during the evolution of their business. It adopts sensemaking as a conceptual tool, to examine the effects of cognitions, motivations, and self-efficacy on organisational change. The study is based on a combination of auto-ethnographic and ethnographic methods; this approach offers a unique insight into the working lives of different entrepreneurs. The thesis underlines the practical and emotional issues individuals’ face when placed in context of their organisations. The magical view of entrepreneurs held by society is one of many issues raised which negatively affects them during their journey. The main contribution of the thesis is to the field of Entrepreneurial and Organisational Studies in advancing knowledge and understanding.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: H Social Sciences (General)