A quest from deep within: the construction of entrepreneurial identity and progression of entrepreneurial passion


Zainuddin, Muhammad Nizam and Tasnim, Rahayu and Mukhtar, Dzulkifli (2022) A quest from deep within: the construction of entrepreneurial identity and progression of entrepreneurial passion. On the Horizon: The International Journal of Learning Futures, 30 (4). pp. 190-217. ISSN 1074-8121

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This paper aims to examine how the construction of entrepreneurial identity in a cross-disciplinary postgraduate entrepreneurship education program influence students’ entrepreneurial passion progression as they enact different role identities and concurrently deal with competing microidentities. Design/methodology/approach Using the interpretative phenomenological analysis approach, an in-depth study of postgraduate students’ accounts of their lived experiences is conducted. Findings Construction of entrepreneurial identity influences students’ entrepreneurial passion progression through a process of “identity ecdysis” that occurs deep within students’ microfoundations as they make sense of the entrepreneurial identity role while simultaneously accommodating their anticipated entrepreneurial life journey. During the transition stage, they begin to let go of their present personal identities and recast new ones based on the revised personal entrepreneurship action agenda. The motivation to change results from the underlying future moral obligation, via a quest to uphold entrepreneurial virtues toward their significant immediate social circles as the aspiring professionals with newly equipped entrepreneurship proficiency. Entrepreneurial passion deepens as they come to grips with their new personal identities as well as new roles and responsibilities. Research limitations/implications While this study establishes a foundation for understanding how entrepreneurial passion progresses and is encouraged within an educational framework, it has the potential to be tested on actual entrepreneurs in the macro identity workspace.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Phenomenology, Entrepreneurship education, Entrepreneurialism, Entrepreneurial passion
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28-70 Management. Industrial Management > HD60-60.5 Social responsibility of business
Divisions: Faculty of Management (FOM)
Depositing User: Ms Nurul Iqtiani Ahmad
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2022 08:32
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2022 08:32
URII: http://shdl.mmu.edu.my/id/eprint/10799


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