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Engineers learning to become entrepreneurs: stimulations and barriers in Israel.

Chorev, Schaul; Anderson, Alistair R.

Authors

Schaul Chorev

Alistair R. Anderson



Abstract

This paper explores the processes by which Israeli engineers become entrepreneurs. We employed a qualitative approach, using ethnographic life history interviews with nine entrepreneurial engineers. We find that the uniqueness of the Israeli political, economic and security situations have impacted on the ways that engineers become entrepreneurial. In particular, we note how three generations of engineers have been variously affected since Israel was founded in 1948. Each era brought with it different needs and different socio-economic circumstances. Some pushed engineers into enterprise, but later, we show how pull factors have determined the Israeli entrepreneurial milieu. However, for all eras, we find that learning to become an entrepreneur was a lifelong process, an amalgam of experience moulded with formal learning. These elements fused self and circumstance to determine the career trajectories of our enterprising engineers. Although this study is based on Israeli data, the conditions for the third generation reflect global convergence. Accordingly, the learning process for new engineers can be anticipated as universal.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 31, 2006
Journal International journal of continuing engineering education and life-long learning
Print ISSN 1560-4624
Electronic ISSN 1741-5055
Publisher Inderscience
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 5
Pages 321-340
Institution Citation CHOREV, S. and ANDERSON, A.R. 2006. Engineers learning to become entrepreneurs: stimulations and barriers in Israel. International journal of continuing engineering education and life-long learning [online], 16(5), pages 321-340. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1504/IJCEELL.2006.010956
DOI https://doi.org/10.1504/IJCEELL.2006.010956
Keywords Entrepreneurship; Engineering; Entrepreneurial engineers; Israel; Technology; Generations; Lifelong learning

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