A4 Conference proceedings

Boundarylessness and boundaries in international entrepreneurship identity work

Publication Details
Authors: Korhonen Satu, Hannibal Martin
Publication year: 2018
Language: English
Title of parent publication: 22nd McGill International Entrepreneurship Conference
JUFO-Level of this publication: 0
Open Access: Not an Open Access publication


Seminal research has positioned the founder as a key driver in the international entrepreneurship (IE) process. Yet, only a marginal proportion of IE research take point of departure with the individual international entrepreneur. As a reaction, our study advances the discussion of founders and their identity work in theorizing on IE processes by exploring the career experiences and sense-making of 13 international entrepreneurs. Moreover, by engaging with the career research discourse, we provide empirical basis for navigating the contemporary career outlook for international entrepreneurs. Our contribution is three-fold. Firstly, we advance the discussion of individual-level entrepreneurship identity and the lens of “boundarylessness” to explore how founders’ identity work and sense-making influence IE processes. Secondly, the intersection of career and IE research highlights the founder’s international, entrepreneurial and other work-related experiences over time and their meaning for an individual in the context of IE. Consequently, our third contribution stems from our methodological approach: ‘narrative sense-making’ serves as a bridging element between the social and psychological aspects related to the IE process and advances the analysis of both horizontal and vertical time dimensions of the phenomenon.

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