Wagg, Andrew (2017) The factors and forces influencing evolution: an empirical study of entrepreneurs in context of organisational life. Doctoral thesis, Keele University.

[img] Text
Restricted to Repository staff only until 1 June 2022.

Download (2MB)


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.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Lisa Bailey
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2017 13:16
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2017 13:44
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/3565

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item