The Innovating Self: Exploring Self Among a Group of Technological Innovators

Posted: 24 Nov 2009

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Tomas Hellstrom

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Christina Hellstrom

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Henrik Berglund

Chalmers University of Technology

Date Written: 2002

Abstract

This paper explores the relevance of the concept of self in the process of independent technological innovation. In-depth interviews were conducted with technological innovators from start-up firms in IT, biotech and advanced services concerning the subjective and social forms of engagement in the innovation process. Emerging factors in the interview data revealed aspects pertaining to the innovator's reflexive self-conception, innovator ego-involvement in the venture, forms of commitment and control, personal and social stakes, and various self-oriented cognitive strategies. It is argued that the self-concept allows the innovator to come into view as a social and subjective being who is involved in reflexive activities such as dynamic role-taking, "is" vs "ought" reflections and social negotiations. (Publication abstract)

Keywords: Experimental/primary research, Self-image, Cognition, Social cognition, Self-efficacy, Information & communication technologies, Biotechnology industry, Innovation process, Scientists

Suggested Citation

Hellstrom, Tomas and Hellstrom, Christina and Berglund, Henrik, The Innovating Self: Exploring Self Among a Group of Technological Innovators (2002). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership Historical Research Reference in Entrepreneurship, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1512315

Tomas Hellstrom (Contact Author)

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Christina Hellstrom

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Henrik Berglund

Chalmers University of Technology ( email )

Gothenburg
SE-412 96 Goteborg
Sweden

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