Meaning And Money? A Qualitative Study Of How Entrepreneurs Perceive Meaningful Work
i In this inductive, qualitative study, I use interview data to show how entrepreneurs value meaningful work at least as much as monetary gain, if not more. Founders described their work as deeply fulfilling due to the perceived impact of their ventures on society, the sense of autonomy and control derived from work, and engagement with the entrepreneurial community. They also described behaviors such as "hacking" and "hustling" which made work "fun" and meaningful for them. These findings imply that meaning and money need not be traded off, thus echoing classical notions. Furthermore, consistent with contemporary notions, meaning arose from the doing of the work itself, rather than being external to the work as depicted in classical conceptualizations. In this way, my study bridges the classical and contemporary literature on meaningful work and develops a more robust understanding of its varied forms.
Entrepreneurs; Meaningful Work; Inductive, qualitative
Sonnenstuhl,William James; Kuruvilla,Sarosh C
Industrial and Labor Relations
M.S., Industrial and Labor Relations
Master of Science
dissertation or thesis