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Business incubator managers' perceptions of their role and performance success: role demands, constraints and choices

Business incubator managers' perceptions of their role and performance success: role demands, constraints and choices
Business incubator managers' perceptions of their role and performance success: role demands, constraints and choices
Using Stewart's (1976a, 1976b) role framework as an analytical lens, this paper examines how business incubator managers perceive their role and performance, and the choices they make in dealing with constraints and competing demands. Given that the literature in this domain has not considered how these types of managers experience agency and structure in their role, this study is important in theory and practice terms. Drawing on 40 qualitative interviews in different UK regions, the findings demonstrate the ways in which business incubator managers see their role as pivotal in supporting the incubatee entrepreneurs and how they endeavour to address competing role demands against constraints. Notably, while funding is commonly viewed as an enabler, the findings suggest that the funding structure could act as a constraint on the incubator managers, due to the weight of perceived bureaucracy preventing the latter from operating effectively within the full remit of their role.
Leadership, entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, human resources, structures
1740-4754
485-498
Kakabadse, Nada
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Karatas-Ozkan, Mine
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Theodorakopoulos, Nicholas
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McGowan, Carmel
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Kakabadse, Nada
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Karatas-Ozkan, Mine
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Theodorakopoulos, Nicholas
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McGowan, Carmel
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Kakabadse, Nada, Karatas-Ozkan, Mine, Theodorakopoulos, Nicholas, McGowan, Carmel and Nicolopoulou, Katerina (2020) Business incubator managers' perceptions of their role and performance success: role demands, constraints and choices. European Management Review, 17 (2), 485-498. (doi:10.1111/emre.12379).

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Using Stewart's (1976a, 1976b) role framework as an analytical lens, this paper examines how business incubator managers perceive their role and performance, and the choices they make in dealing with constraints and competing demands. Given that the literature in this domain has not considered how these types of managers experience agency and structure in their role, this study is important in theory and practice terms. Drawing on 40 qualitative interviews in different UK regions, the findings demonstrate the ways in which business incubator managers see their role as pivotal in supporting the incubatee entrepreneurs and how they endeavour to address competing role demands against constraints. Notably, while funding is commonly viewed as an enabler, the findings suggest that the funding structure could act as a constraint on the incubator managers, due to the weight of perceived bureaucracy preventing the latter from operating effectively within the full remit of their role.

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Accepted/In Press date: 11 November 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 5 January 2020
Published date: 1 June 2020
Additional Information: Publisher Copyright: © 2020 European Academy of Management
Keywords: Leadership, entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, human resources, structures

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Local EPrints ID: 437673
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/437673
ISSN: 1740-4754
PURE UUID: 09aa5964-b797-4bc5-b4ae-5665b95f7840
ORCID for Mine Karatas-Ozkan: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9199-4156

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Date deposited: 10 Feb 2020 17:33
Last modified: 30 Oct 2023 02:48

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Author: Nada Kakabadse
Author: Nicholas Theodorakopoulos
Author: Carmel McGowan
Author: Katerina Nicolopoulou

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