Title: Proposing a model for work meaningfulness concept at business and technology incubators

Authors: Gholamreza Malekzadeh; Alireza Khorakian; Mohamad Amin Malekzadeh

Addresses: Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran ' Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran ' Tehran University, Tehran, Iran

Abstract: This article considers conceptualising work meaningfulness at business and technology incubators as a fundamental solution for the expansion of knowledge-based businesses, in order to contribute to the building of a broader and more balanced theoretical framework for job crafting in this kind of organisations despite its' complexity. Data are reported from semi-structured interviews with 20 managers of business and technology incubators and analysed by using a grounded theory approach. The article recognises central phenomenon dimensions, causal, contextual and intervening conditions, strategies and consequences, and proposes a theoretical model for work meaningfulness at these incubators. These findings contribute to both academic research and practical implications, such as redesign, development of plans and supporting the programs of enterprises and management styles, redefine jobs at business and technology incubators, and theoretical approaches from academic disciplines are linked to the dominant viewpoints in the literature.

Keywords: emerging organisations; work meaningfulness; work attitude; business and technology incubator; BTI.

DOI: 10.1504/MEJM.2020.10019857

Middle East Journal of Management, 2020 Vol.7 No.3, pp.207 - 225

Received: 13 Dec 2018
Accepted: 14 Jan 2019

Published online: 04 May 2020 *

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