This paper addresses an under-investigated thematic area of IT turnover personnel literature: IT Entrepreneurial Turnover. Drawing upon the IT Entrepreneurial Turnover model and following a grounded theory methodological approach, we introduce a conceptual construct, the IT Entrepreneurial Epiphany (ITEE), to describe the moment when the IT employee/future entrepreneur realizes that a critical aspect of the necessary conditions for her to quit her job and start her own business have been met. Five lower-level concepts compose the core category of IT Entrepreneurial Epiphany: the rules of the business game (in the corporation and in the market), the estimation of the risk involved in the new venture creation process compared to salaried employment, long-term considerations, the socio-economic context, and the dimension of time. We suggest that ITEE can inform the research on turnover behavior of IT and non IT personnel.
Mourmant, Gaëtan and Voutsina, Katerina, "FROM IT EMPLOYEE TO IT ENTREPRENEUR: THE CONCEPT OF IT ENTREPRENEURIAL EPIPHANY" (2010). ICIS 2010 Proceedings. 208.