It is rather interesting to watch individuals flaunt their affiliations. I have seen people in the field judiciously use their affiliation. MBAs from the IIMs, Engineers from IITs, ex-employee of McKinsey, BCG, Deloitte, etc.,. All of us use our affiliations and many seem to depend a lot on it.
BUT, the group I work so closely with – entrepreneurs DO NOT!
Many of the successful ones do not have any affiliation that they can show off and most of them would probably never waste their energy and efforts, building one to show off. Instead entrepreneurs create institutions that are worthy of affiliation. Examples: Google, Infosys, Apple, Tata Group, Bharat Forge, TVS Group, etc.,. Probably this is also something that makes them entrepreneurial.
It is important to think on this as it raises many interesting questions on entrepreneurs and what it means to be entrepreneurial.
- Can entrepreneurial academics not worry about affiliation and spend their time building impactful research?
- Can entrepreneurial educationalists not worry about affiliation and build impactful institutions?
- Can entrepreneurial artists not worry about affiliation and spend their time heart moving art?
I am sure affiliation has its own benefit in today’s world, but it looks like paradigmatic work requires people who do not depend on it.
Worth a thought