Who Am I? Looking Inside the 'Entrepreneurial Identity'

Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) 2007

Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research 2007

14 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2007

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Charles Murnieks

University of Colorado at Boulder

Elaine Mosakowski

University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Management

Abstract

This paper extends existing research surrounding entrepreneurial motivation by investigating entrepreneurial roles and entrepreneurial identities. We argue that these entities are critical elements within entrepreneurs' self-concepts that drive behavior. In two separate studies involving 225 non-entrepreneurs and 63 entrepreneurs, we examine both the entrepreneurial role and the entrepreneurial identity. We offer theoretical extensions for how the consideration of entrepreneurial roles and identities can expand our general understanding of the entrepreneurial process.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship

JEL Classification: M13

Suggested Citation

Murnieks, Charles and Mosakowski, Elaine, Who Am I? Looking Inside the 'Entrepreneurial Identity'. Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) 2007 ; Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1064901

Charles Murnieks (Contact Author)

University of Colorado at Boulder ( email )

1070 Edinboro Drive
Boulder, CO 80309
United States

Elaine Mosakowski

University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Management ( email )

United States

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