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The University Spin-out Process: Career Transformation through the Practice of Entrepreneurial Identity

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Warren, Lorraine (2006) The University Spin-out Process: Career Transformation through the Practice of Entrepreneurial Identity. In: The 14th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference : May 11-13, 2006 + May 10, 2006 Doctoral Workshop, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands., 10 May 2006 - 13 May 2006, Enschede, The Netherlands .

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Event: The 14th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference : May 11-13, 2006 + May 10, 2006 Doctoral Workshop, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands., 10 May 2006 - 13 May 2006, Enschede, The Netherlands
Abstract:The purpose of this paper is to examine in depth the nature and extent of identity work carried out by a PhD engineer involved in various phases of high tech university spin-out (USO) activity. The paper commences with a discussion, where firstly, it is established that the creation of a USO presents challenges to career development for engineering researchers which can hinder the spin-out process if not managed effectively. Secondly, it is argued that the purposeful construction of entrepreneurial identity may support successful career transformation and may therefore be a significant element in successful spin-out activity for engineering researchers. This paper goes on to examine these issues through a qualitative study of the identity and career issues in this case study. The maintenance of engineering identity is found to be most significant issue, though over time this becomes enriched through positive association with entrepreneurial growth. Recognising this career trajectory is useful to theorists of entrepreneurial identity and those involved in the practical support of USOs.
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Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/proceedings/121
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