What is it about?
This paper examines entrepreneurial roles and identity in both the United Kingdom and China through the lenses of identity theory and social identity theory, to develop a deeper and more holistic understanding of the concept of entrepreneurial identity. By examining the entrepreneur as both a role and an identity this paper explores how an entrepreneur views the role of the entrepreneur, the counter-roles to the entrepreneur and the ‘self-as-entrepreneur’ to understand how entrepreneurs construct their identity as entrepreneurs in the UK and China.
Why is it important?
By looking at role identity in different social constructs and contexts, a more nuanced view of entrepreneurial identity can be uncovered for entrepreneurs in the UK and China. The study finds that entrepreneurs in the UK use counter-roles to bridge the disconnect between their understanding of the entrepreneur-as-role and the self-as-entrepreneur whereas entrepreneurs in China have less conflict reconciling the two, and use the counter-role as a way to paint entrepreneurship as a ‘calling’, justifying their abandonment of other identities.
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This page is a summary of: Exploring entrepreneurial roles and identity in the United Kingdom and China, The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, August 2018, SAGE Publications,
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