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Exploring Entrepreneurial Roles and Identity in the United Kingdom and China

Bell, Robin, Peng, L., Huirong, Z., Bozward, David, Jing, F., Watts, Helen and Xiaoyu, M. (2019) Exploring Entrepreneurial Roles and Identity in the United Kingdom and China. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 20 (1). pp. 39-49. ISSN 1465-7503 Online: 2043-6882

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Abstract

This paper examines entrepreneurial 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, the ‘self-as-entrepreneur’ understand how entrepreneurs construct their identity as entrepreneur. By looking at the role identity in different social constructs, a more nuanced view of entrepreneurial identity can be uncovered for entrepreneurs in both the UK and China. The study argues 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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Uncontrolled Keywords: entrepreneurial identity, entrepreneurial roles, counter-roles, UK, China
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Academic Departments > Worcester Business School
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Depositing User: Robin Bell
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2018 09:16
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2019 13:06
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/6987

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