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Dr Isobel O‘Neil

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

Department: Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Centre/Institute: The Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
E-mail: Isobel.O'
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.

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

Administrative Roles
Athena Swan Lead
Carers' Champion

School Committee Memberships
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee 2021
Health and Safety Committee 2020
Isobel is module convenor of the following modules:


Exploring Perspectives in Entrepreneurship (BUSI3168)

Details of all modules can be found on MyNottingham

Environmental and Social Entrepreneurship
The Legitimation Process
Founder Identity

Isobel is currently supervising the following Research Students:

Adeline Coignet
Sarah Brooks

The following lists my publications from 2014 to the present day.

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