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Exploring Entrepreneurial Roles and Identity in the United Kingdom and China

Bell, Robin ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7325-4277, 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 Discrete Keywords: entrepreneurial identity, entrepreneurial roles, counter-roles, UK, China
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > Worcester Business School
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Depositing User: Robin Bell
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2018 09:16
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:24
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/6987

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