Factors influencing the development of entrepreneurial and scientific passion in an academic context

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Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftswissenschaften für Ingenieure und Naturwissenschaftler


Employees at universities and in research show an enthusiasm for scientific work. But increasingly, more entrepreneurial activities fall into their scope of duties, starting with patenting/licensing up to their own start-up, which is promoted by universities. But what causes scientists to become enthusiastic and passionate about these activities - or is the passion inherent in the scientist in question? And how similar are scientific and entrepreneurial passion? In addition to e.g., external influences and context - the university, peers, role models - the scientist's role and social identity, experiences and own motivation are also relevant. An overview of the relevant factors influencing both forms of passion is the content of this work.

The specific research question for the thesis can be worked out together. Possible examples for a systematic literature review would be:
- Which (university) influencing factors lead to the development of passion, or influence the presence of it?
- What role does the identity of academics play with regard to passion?
- Does passion develop in university employees, or is it inherently present?
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- Ongoing personal mentoring and coaching
- In-depth insights into current research on this issue
- Contacts in the startup scene
• Niveau: Bachelor
• Sprache: Englisch, Deutsch
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• Schlüsselwörter: Passion, Social Identity, Role Identity, Academic Entrepreneurship

Literature for initial reading:
Perkmann, Markus; Salandra, Rossella; Tartari, Valentina; McKelvey, Maureen; Hughes, Alan (2021): Academic engagement: A review of the literature 2011-2019. In Research Policy.
Murnieks, Charles Y.; Cardon, Melissa S.; Haynie, J. Michael (2020): Fueling the fire: Examining identity centrality, affective interpersonal commitment and gender as drivers of entrepreneurial passion. In Journal of Business Venturing;
Hayter, Christopher S.; Fischer, Bruno; Rasmussen, Einar (2021): Becoming an academic entrepreneur: how scientists develop an entrepreneurial identity. In Small Bus Econ, pp. 1–19. DOI: 10.1007/s11187-021-00585-3.
Radu-Lefebvre, Miruna; Lefebvre, Vincent; Crosina, Eliana; Hytti, Ulla (2021): Entrepreneurial Identity: A Review and Research Agenda. In Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice 45 (6), pp. 1550–1590. DOI: 10.1177/10422587211013795.

Keywords: Passion, Social Identity, Role Identity, Academic Entrepreneurship