Chapter 7 Identity work of a researcher in entrepreneurial university backyard research
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The discussion of the role of the researcher is an inseparable part of interpretivist entrepreneurship research. We claim that when studying academic entrepreneurship, as academics, we are undeniably in a special relationship and interaction with our academic research participants. Consequently, we suggest that studying academic entrepreneurship is fruitful through an analysis of this interaction. In this methodological chapter, we focus on the identity work of ourselves as researchers (Norton & Early, 2011) in co-creating research material about academic entrepreneurship at our own university. We discuss and analyse the ways in which we engage as insider researchers (Hodkinson, 2005) in creating ourselves and the researched in the data co-creation in four different types of research cases. By analysing the identity work in each case, we reveal some complexities and nuances involved in our insider positions and the roles between the two social worlds: the world of the researcher and the world of the researched (Down et al., 2006). Specifically, we show how studying academic entrepreneurship prompts us to negotiate our identities by continuously being close to and distancing ourselves from our academic study participants. Based on this, we suggest that being an insider is not a fixed but rather a dynamic position related to the study context. In doing so, we contribute to methodological backyard research (Zulfikar, 2014) on the entrepreneurial university (Etzkowitz, 2014).

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