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: 44th European International Business Academy Conference EIBA Annual 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 (life)career and sense-making of 13 international entrepreneurs. Moreover, by engaging with the career research discourse, we provide empirical basis in navigating the contemporary career outlook for international entrepreneurs. Our contribution is three-fold. Firstly, we apply the lens of career to advance the discussion of individual-level sense-making in exploring how founders’ identity work evolve and influence IE processes. Secondly, at the intersection of career and IE research we highlight the multidimensionality of founder’s international, entrepreneurial and other work-related experiences in time and their meaning for the 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.

Last updated on 2020-10-02 at 10:39