A dynamic model of entrepreneurial identification and dis-identification: an emotions perspective

Magdalena Markowska, Charmine E.J. Härtel, Ethel Brundin, Amanda Roan

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Abstract

Despite recognition of the centrality of emotions in entrepreneurship, little attention has been given to role of emotions in the development of entrepreneurial identity or enactment of entrepreneurial role. The contribution of the chapter is in the development of a dynamic model of the process leading to identification or dis-identification as an entrepreneur. In this chapter, we develop a dynamic model of the process leading to identification or dis-identification as an entrepreneur. We theorize that the driver behind an individual's decision to become an entrepreneur, and their significant emotional experiences in the entrepreneurial role, influence the likelihood of following an identification or dis-identification cycle. Specifically, our framework proposes that positive emotions strengthen approach motivation and identification with the role, while negative ones foster avoidance motivation and dis-identification. We argue that contextual embeddedness can prompt transition between these two cycles. Our theorization provides new insights into methods of analyzing the role of emotions in the entrepreneurial process, more specifically in the process of entrepreneurial identity crafting. These insights also can be translated into studying the crafting of any professional identity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Ways of Studying Emotions in Organizations
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
Pages215-239
Number of pages25
Volume11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameResearch on Emotion in Organizations
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN (Print)1746-9791

Keywords

  • Contextual embeddedness
  • Emotions theory
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Motivation
  • Role identity

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