Learning from others via team conflicts: Exploring the impact of individual entrepreneurial characteristics on the construction of entrepreneurial identity

Wei Tsong Wang, Wen Yi Lai, Chih Tsen Lu

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Abstract

Purpose: While it is important for entrepreneurship educators to understand the dynamics behind the formation of an individual entrepreneurial identity, challenges remain if they are to facilitate this process. Furthermore, while managing conflicts in entrepreneurial teams is a key to effective entrepreneurial learning, very few studies have focused on the relationships between individual entrepreneurial characteristics, interpersonal conflicts and the construction of an individual entrepreneurial identity. The purpose of this paper is to explore these relationships in a learning-by-doing educational context. Design/methodology/approach: This study adopts an in-depth dual case study design to explore the relationships between individual characteristics, interpersonal conflicts and the construction of individual entrepreneurial identity in a learning-by-doing entrepreneurship educational context. Findings: A theoretical framework that addresses the construction of the entrepreneurial identity of entrepreneurial team members in a learning-by-doing environment from the perspectives of conflicts and entrepreneurial characteristics is developed. Research limitations/implications: The research findings illustrate the influence of differences in individuals’ entrepreneurial characteristics on the occurrence of interpersonal task and relationship conflicts and, consequently, on individuals’ entrepreneurial identity. A number of intervening factors that mediate the relationships between entrepreneurial characteristics, interpersonal conflicts and entrepreneurial identity are also identified. Originality/value: This study is among the first research efforts to connect individual entrepreneurial characteristics, interpersonal conflicts and the construction of the individual entrepreneurial identity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-396
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec 3

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)

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