Isobel Cunningham

Isobel Cunningham
Letterkenny Institute of Technology | LYIT · Department of Business Studies

PhD

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Publications (17)
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Community organizations work on the frontline supported by local authorities, development agencies and higher education institutions. However, their actions have been curtailed by a reduction in funding over the last ten years and there is evidence of underlying structural challenges. The high levels of small community decline challenge us to devel...
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Community organizations work on the frontline supported by local authorities, development agencies and higher education institutions. However, their actions have been curtailed by a reduction in funding over the last ten years and there is evidence of underlying structural challenges. The high levels of small community decline challenge us to devel...
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The primary aim of this chapter is to review the literature on entrepreneurial ecosystems, focusing on the activities of two key institutions: higher education institutions and business incubation centres (BICs). Although there is a significant volume of research on the design and impact of business incubators, there is limited coverage of their ro...
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Entrepreneurs are a product of their social environment. The manner by which they perceive opportunities; access or process information; and make decisions is influenced by both social interaction and their social background. Using insights from Socially Situated Cognition (SSC) theory, that posits one's social environment can have a normative or i...
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Graduates continue to experience challenges when they try to find graduate-level jobs in the industries they want to work in (James and James, 2004; Glenn, 2008; Helyer and Lee, 2014; Sam and Van der Sijde, 2014). There are calls for higher education to move away from instructionism based teaching practices (Girvan et al., 2016) and promote experie...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to develop an understanding of the impact that a crisis such as that created by COVID-19 has on entrepreneurs. The authors focus on female entrepreneurs and their ability and propensity to continue their entrepreneurial journey. Design/methodology/approach For each respondent (n = 113), data was collected using...
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This paper examines the impact that business failure has on an entrepreneur's propensity and ability to re(start) their entrepreneurial journey. We present the story of entrepreneurship from the perspective of six entrepreneurs who created new businesses after initially experiencing business failure. Data was collected in extended face-to-face inte...
Conference Paper
Purpose - As the European economy evolves, entrepreneurs have become a central element for enhancing national economic growth and employment (Wiklund et al. 2011). Due to the high uncertainty of pursuing new opportunities, embarking on an entrepreneurial career involves risk, which can sometimes lead to failure. First time entrepreneurs in Ireland...
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The primary aim of this chapter is to review the literature on entrepreneurial influences and competencies. We do this to develop an understanding of the needs of a specific sub-group of entrepreneurs: second chance entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurial learning theory suggests that the failure an entrepreneur experiences, serves as a reservoir of knowled...
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The primary aim of this chapter is to review the literature on entrepreneurial influences and competencies. We do this to develop an understanding of the needs of a specific sub-group of entrepreneurs: second chance entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurial learning theory suggests that the failure an entrepreneur experiences serves as a reservoir of knowledg...
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Purpose: Community organizations work on the frontline supported by local authorities and development agencies. But their actions have been curtailed by a reduction of funding over the last ten years and there are underlying, structural challenges. The high levels of small community decline challenge us to: develop new insights into the causes of f...
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Purpose: I-STEP aims to enhance international entrepreneurial skills and the attitude of teachers and students in Vocational Education and Training (VET). I-STEP provides an international dimension to entrepreneurship programmes and strengthens the local and European network of VET schools. Design/methodology/approach: I-STEP achieves this by shari...
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Entrepreneurial founding teams (EFTs) are often essential to new venture creation and successful internationalisation. Although the composition of EFTs has been the subject of enquiry, little research exists into the exit of team members and the consequences for rapid internationalisation. We focus on EFT exits in rapidly internationalising small f...
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Purpose This study aims to investigate the internationalisation strategies of small games development firms from Poland and Hungary. Design/methodology/approach This enquiry adopts a qualitative approach, whereby firms were identified from online searches, and secondary information was sought on each firm prior to in‐depth interview, in order to h...

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Abstract submission is open for the 2020 Irish Academy of Management Conference which will be held at DCU from 26th to 28th August 2020. The deadline for submission of abstracts is February 20th and full details on registration and submissions are available at www.iamireland.ie. If you have any specific queries on the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Track please get in touch simon.stephens@lyit.ie #entrepreneurship #academies #smallbusiness
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This research will explore the experiences of Female Entrepreneurs in Donegal. The primary outcome will be design and implementation of business supports and business incubation for entrepreneurs; and as necessary specifically, for females. The research will involve: an extensive literature review; a year-long case study with twenty entrepreneurs. The use of existing theoretical and policy frameworks allows this research to be situated in national and international settings by using the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) dataset. In addition, research participants will be surveyed on their experiences of: networking; business incubation and entrepreneurial education. The results will be disseminated at conferences and in appropriate academic journals. This research will enhance the existing literature on entrepreneurship; female leaderships; and allow for novel cross industry comparisons. Furthermore, this research will inform best practice in the design of supports to entrepreneurs and thus, should be of use to entrepreneurs, support agencies, sponsors and academics. Keywords Entrepreneurs, female leaders, networks, incubation, education, Ireland
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This research will explore the experiences of Female Entrepreneurs in Donegal. The primary outcome will be design and implementation of business supports and business incubation for entrepreneurs; and as necessary specifically, for females. The research will involve: an extensive literature review; a year-long case study with twenty entrepreneurs. The use of existing theoretical and policy frameworks allows this research to be situated in national and international settings by using the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) dataset. In addition, research participants will be surveyed on their experiences of: networking; business incubation and entrepreneurial education. The results will be disseminated at conferences and in appropriate academic journals. This research will enhance the existing literature on entrepreneurship; female leaderships; and allow for novel cross industry comparisons. Furthermore, this research will inform best practice in the design of supports to entrepreneurs and thus, should be of use to entrepreneurs, support agencies, sponsors and academics. Keywords Entrepreneurs, female leaders, networks, incubation, education, Ireland