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Hybrid Identities: The progressive Nature of Entrepreneurial Identities in the Aviation Industry

Bayram, Leile (2022) Hybrid Identities: The progressive Nature of Entrepreneurial Identities in the Aviation Industry.

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Abstract:The growing popularity of entrepreneurial identities opens new constellations among role dynamics. While some individuals consider themselves real entrepreneurs, others conjoin their careers through the commitment to multiple occupations, so-called hybrid entrepreneurs. Although salient knowledge about entrepreneurial identities exists, only little is known about the phenomena of hybrid identities considering the role integrations, identity crises and respective challenges. The literature provides limited knowledge about the steadiness of multiple identities while neglecting factors that influence the progressivity of identities. Hence, the study conducted a qualitative research design encompassing secondary data and semi- structured interviews. The interviews include eight individuals belonging to a pilot profession and an entrepreneurial identity. Besides, the respondents elucidate motivations and strategies that subsides an understanding of the nature of hybrid entrepreneurs. Therefore, the study evaluates how theoretical approaches apply to practical observations by considering the process of legitimacy and liminality. The results indicate that the affiliation to social groups is mastered by legitimacy. Although individuals experience the liminal phase, some fail to strike an effective role integration. As a result, the balance of multiple role identities depends on exploiting external factors and establishing authenticity towards social groups. The contributions to the literature are manifold. First, the study absorbs academic knowledge to assess consistencies among theory and practice. Secondly, the study proffers practical insights regarding the constructional process of hybrid identities while defining relevant aspects embedded in the composition of double career entrepreneurs. Lastly, the research paper serves as guidance to understand the dynamics of entrepreneurial identities through identifying specific patterns followed by hybrids.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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