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Dr Isobel O‘Neil

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BA (Hons) (Southampton), MSc (Nottingham), PhD (Nottingham), PGCHE (Nottingham)
Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Division: Management
Centre/Institute: The Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
E-mail: Isobel.O'Neil@nottingham.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 115 9514730
Location: B24 (South Building, Jubilee Campus)

Isobel's research focuses both on exploring the process through which founders set about gaining legitimacy and on understanding how founders' identities emerge and evolve over time.

Isobel conducts her research in the setting of environment and social entrepreneurship and more recently has involved a study of women entrepreneurs. Isobel has presented her work at various international conferences including the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, The NYU Stern Conference on Social Entrepreneurship, and the Academy of Management's Annual Meeting. Isobel has published in the Journal of Management Studies and the Journal of Business Venturing and regularly reviews articles for such journals.

Research Interests
Sustainable Entrepreneurship; Social Entrepreneurship; New Venture Legitimation; Entrepreneurial Careers and Role Transitions; Authenticity; True-to-Self Work Identities; Hybridity; Entrepreneurial Identity.

Administrative Roles
Co-Director of MSc Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Management
Co-Director of MSc Cross Disciplinary Entrepreneurship Programmes
MSc Admissions Tutor (Entrepreneurship)
Current Research Activities
Environmental and Social Entrepreneurship The Legitimation Process Founder Identity.
 

Publications from 2005 to the present day

Journal Articles

O'Neil, I.; Ucbasaran, D. (2016), "Balancing \'what matters to me\' with \'what matters to them\': Exploring the legitimation process of environmental entrepreneurs", Journal of Business Venturing, Vol.31 (2), pp. 133-152.

York, J.; O'Neil, I.; Sarasvathy, S. (2016), "Exploring Environmental Entrepreneurship: Identity Coupling, Venture Goals, and Stakeholder Incentives", Journal of Management Studies, Vol.53(5), 695-737, forthcoming 2016.



Chapters in Books

Hinnells, M.; O'Neil, I. (2012), "New business models for a low carbon future: case studies from the energy sector.", in Underwood et al, Blundel, R, Lyon, F, and Schaefer, A (ed) Social and Sustainable Enterprise: Changing the Nature of Business, (2), pp. 49-73, Emerald: Bingley, UK, Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research.



Conferences

O'Neil, I. and Swail, J. 2017, "Legitimation in \'everyday\' entrepreneurship: Insights from social and commercial women entrepreneurs", in ISBE ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2017, Belfast, UK..

O'Neil, I.; Ucbasaran, D. 2015, "Balancing "What matters to me" & "What Matters to them" in Entrepreneurs' Legitimation efforts", at Seventy-fifth annual meeting of the academy of management.

O'Neil, I.; Birkett, H.; Ucbasaran, D. 2012, "Career Transitions and Role Emancipation: Evidence from a Social Enterprise.", at Institute of Small Business & Entrepreneurship Conference, Dublin, Ireland..

Scholes, L.; Wright, M.; O'Neil, I.; Noke, H. 2012, "Innovation in Family Firms at Academy of Management", at Boston, USA.

O'Neil, I. 2011, "Personal Credibility: Implications for Legitimizing Sustainable/ Social Entrepreneurship.", at Institute of Small Business & Entrepreneurship Conference, Sheffield..

O'Neil, I.; Ucbasaran, D. 2011, "Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Career Transitions: The Role of Individual Identity.", at 8th AGSE International Entrepreneurship Research Exchange, Melbourne, Australia..

O'Neil, I.; Ucbasaran, D. 2011, "Building Legitimacy in a Proto-Institutional Context: Evidence from Sustainability-Driven Entrepreneurs.", at at Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC), Syracuse, NY, USA. Selected for publication in the Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research 2011..

O'Neil, I.; Ucbasaran, D. 2010, "Individual Identity and Sustainable Entrepreneurship: The Role of Authenticity", at Institute of Small Business & Entrepreneurship Conference, London. Awarded best paper in the Social, Ethical and Environmental Entrepreneurship track..

O'Neil, I. 2009, "Innovating for Environmentally Sustainable Business Practices: The Role of the Entrepreneur-Activist", at European Group for Organizational Studies Colloquium, ESADE, Barcelona.

O'Neil, I. 2009, "The Entrepreneur-Activist: Challenging Unsustainable Business Practices", at Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC), Boston, USA.

O'Neil, I. 2009, "Business Models for a Better Way? Entrepreneurs' Approaches to Legitimizing For-Profit, Sustainable Businesses", at OIKOS PhD Summer Academy, St Gallan, Switzerland.

 

 

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