A qualitative study of motivations and lived experiences: New venture creation of environmental entrepreneurs in Ohio

by Racine, William P., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2009, 350 pages; 3359029


This research is a study of the motivations and lived experiences of environmental entrepreneurs in the new venture creation process. The goal of the research was to explore the motivations and experiences of these scientists-turned-entrepreneurs as they experienced the process to gain insight into the phenomenon of the transition from scientist to businessperson and employee to entrepreneur. This phenomenon is significant because of its importance to the management practices of environmental and scientific professionals, its applicability to governmental directives for a more entrepreneurial economy, and its social relevance in the world today. Twenty environmental entrepreneurs answered the research question: What is the retrospective assessment of the motivations and lived experiences of the environmental entrepreneur in the new venture creation process? A phenomenological research perspective in the Husserlian tradition was used to explicate meaning from the data derived from these individuals. This research culminates with a presentation of the essence of the phenomenon. Findings from this study contribute to the body of knowledge of entrepreneurship, in general, and scientific entrepreneurship, specifically.

AdviserKathleen Hargiss
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsBusiness administration; Management
Publication Number3359029

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