MGMT research seminar by Marouane Bousfiha

Constructing A Work Identity: The Case of Academic Entrepreneurs

2019.09.03 | Merete Elmann

Date Wed 25 Sep
Time 13:00 14:30
Location Room 2628-M303, Department of Management, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University


On Wednesday 25 September 2019 at 13:00 in room 2628-M303, PhD candidate Marouane Bousfiha from Chalmers University of Technology, Dept. of Technology Management and Economics will give a seminar entitled

Constructing A Work Identity: The Case of Academic Entrepreneurs 

Through a qualitative study, we examine how work identities are crafted by individuals who repeatedly transition between professionally distinct work roles. Findings are based on in- depth interviews with academic entrepreneurs, i.e. academics who start companies to commercialize their research while remaining with the university. We first highlight the role tensions experienced by these individuals and inductively develop three mechanisms for making sense of role plurality and crafting a manageable work identity. These mechanisms contain a mix of defensive tactics aimed at separating the roles, and more proactive and synergy seeking tactics that seek to weave the roles together.