PhD Research Seminar Sibel Ozasir Kacar


16:00 - 17:00

HG 5A-37

Entrepreneurial Diversity: Contextual variety of entrepreneurial identities and experiences

Sibel Ozasir Kacar

Amsterdam Business Research Institute

Business and Organisation

Conference / Symposium / Seminar

ABRI would like to invite you to attend the first PhD Research Seminar of the year (2019-2020) given by Sibel Ozasir Kacar.
Sibel Ozasir Kacar will hold her presentation titled "Entrepreneurial Diversity: Contextual variety of entrepreneurial identities and experiences"
The Research Seminar will take place on Tuesday, December 10, from 16:00 – 17:00 in room HG 5A-37. Drinks will follow the seminar at 17:00 in The Basket.
This seminar is part of the ABRI Research Seminars course.

This study explores entrepreneurial diversity through the analysis of everyday experiences of women entrepreneurs and their entrepreneurial identity construction processes in relation to context and questions the manner in which entrepreneurial experiences and identities vary across contexts. Capitalising on life story narratives of Turkish women entrepreneurs in two country contexts – Turkey as the country of origin and the Netherlands as the country of residence, we evaluate migration as a significant contextual element along with country-specific opportunity structures and look at what differences it makes with respect to entrepreneurial identities and experiences of these Turkish women entrepreneurs. We analyse the social, political, and institutional opportunity structures and the relationship between these opportunity structures and entrepreneurial identities and experiences in Turkey and the Netherlands comparatively. We propose that Turkish women entrepreneurs in Turkey engage in processes of ‘self-defence’, whereas in the Netherlands they engage in processes of ‘self-discovery’. The women in the Netherlands challenge existing opportunity structures either by providing alternative images of a Turkish migrant woman or questioning culturalist perspectives behind these opportunity structures. In Turkey, women entrepreneurs are more hesitant in challenging the opportunity structures. They either step down from their enterprises or downgrade their entrepreneurial identities in order to fulfil the requirements of these opportunity structures. This study contributes to the field of entrepreneurship by providing an extended understanding about the manners in which entrepreneurial identities and experiences vary across contexts.

Keywords: Entrepreneurial diversity; Contextualisation; Entrepreneurial identities and experiences; Cross-national study; Comparative analysis