PhD / DBA Ideas

I have been toying with three different ideas in terms of a terminal degree:

Is Globalized Crowdfunding a Permanent, Populist Disruptor of Traditional Economic and Financial Regulations, Structures and Institutions, and What Does That Mean?

One of the most fascinating emergent ideas over the last decade is the concept of crowdfunded startup financing. Two notable examples of this are product pre-purchase (Kickstarter & Indiegogo) and capacity prepurchase (various ICO).

Has startup financing been fundamentally changed forever? Is a new micro-payment oriented startup ecology being unveiled? What does this mean? Where are the risks and opportuniities?

How Do Successful Entrepreneurs Navigate Identity To Win In Contexts of High Uncertainty and Risk, and What Does That Mean in Terms of The Evolution of Their Individual and Social Self-Concept?

One of my ideas is to investigate the watershed moments that punctuate the Entrepreneurial Journey - is there a common model that captures and expresses the stages of evolution in the private and public concept of a person from "Not Entrepreneur" to “Entrepreneur” and from "Not Company" to "Company"...and what does that means as a transformative experience for both entities (Identity/Institution)?

I would like my Dissertation Topic to deal with aspects of the assumption of the Entrepreneurial identity, particularly what a person must go through to convert what is initially a private and theoretical self-concept into an achieved, public reality. I wonder if there aren’t certain social patterns that help to propel and navigate the Entrepreneur forward, and others that slow them down and confuse their direction. I wonder what internal and external factors help or hinder, mold or injure, guide or distract the Entrepreneur as they navigate their way from proposed identity to reality.

What Does Entrepreneurship Mean in Terms of Self-Development?

I have a suspicion that there is a great deal we don’t know about the Entrepreneurial process from an Identity perspective, and I would like to shed light on that area because I see a lot of 1sttime Entrepreneurs stumbling around when they should be getting on with it.

My Motive(s) for Doing This Research

Failure to find one’s direction and purpose as an Entrepreneur within a “reasonable” amount of time (again, something we don’t understand that well) can lead to false starts, discouragement, wasted time and money and – worse yet - being labeled by others as a “wantrepreneur” and someone to be avoided, which can be quite socially toxic. I think our having a better understanding of this aspect of the Entrepreneurial Identity will help people effectively maneuver themselves out of a stressful and potentially toxic situation. I can’t think of a better way to serve Humanity and aid first-time Entrepreneurs than to take the time and mandate that I have been granted by the University of Liverpool and Laureate to devote myself to to this important matter, and hopefully be able to do something about it through performing focused research on it, analyzing the research and publishing the findings as my Dissertation.

Local, Regional & National Innovation Ecosystem Designs: What Can They Learn From Each Other In Terms of Both Positive and Negative Economic Outcomes?

My Motives for Researching this Idea