In search of wellbeing: when is entrepreneurship the answer?

Magdalena Markowska, Ethel Brundin, Charmine Härtel

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The decision to become an entrepreneur may be one adaptation strategy individuals enact when they experience low work-related wellbeing. To date we know that the interplay between work-related identification and work-related subjective wellbeing affects individuals work-related choices. However, we possess less knowledge about the nature of this relationship. Extant studies have linked work-related subjective wellbeing (SWB) to identification, yet conceptualization of work-related identification has, like SWB, typically been considered from a static state perspective rather than a dynamic process perspective. Further, researcher imposed definitions have been used rather than seeking individuals self-definitions. Our study seeks to complement existing work by showing that identification is a dynamic process where we explore the relationship between multiple identifications and wellbeing. We empirically investigate the interplaying processes of identification and work-related wellbeing in an in-depth, person-centered, life story approach to the entrepreneurial endeavor. Our sample was purposively selected to include individuals with a strong professional identification while enhancing the variability of challenges faced over time in the entrepreneurial identification process. Our novel sample and life story methodology contribute to illustrating the dynamics of wellbeing over time with a constant identification and dis-identification in moving between aspired and experienced wellbeing; as well as highlighting that wellbeing becomes the antecedent, means and result while entrepreneurship is the believed mechanism to come closer to experienced wellbeing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcademy of Management Proceedings 2018
EditorsGuclu Atinc
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAcademy of Management
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual Meeting of the Academy of Management 2018 - Chicago, United States of America
Duration: 10 Aug 201814 Aug 2018
Conference number: 78th

Publication series

NameAcademy of Management Proceedings
PublisherAcademy of Management
ISSN (Print)0065-0668
ISSN (Electronic)2151-6561


ConferenceAnnual Meeting of the Academy of Management 2018
Abbreviated titleAoM 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
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