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Who am I? The influence of social identification on academic entrepreneurs’ role conflict

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  • Bo Zou

    (Harbin Institute of Technology)

  • Jinyu Guo

    (Harbin Institute of Technology)

  • Feng Guo

    (Harbin Institute of Technology)

  • Yan Shi

    (Harbin Institute of Technology)

  • Yanxia Li

    (Harbin Institute of Technology)

Abstract

Academic entrepreneurs are the key actors in academic entrepreneurship. However, the individual level of research on academic entrepreneurship remains undeveloped. To better understand the micro foundation of academic entrepreneurship, we investigate the influence of social identification on academic entrepreneurs’ role conflict. Using data from 246 academic entrepreneurs, we explore the effects of scholarly identification, entrepreneurial identification, and social identity continuity on academic entrepreneurs’ role conflict. The results suggest that, entrepreneurial identification and social identify continuity are both negative related to identify conflict, while a scholarly identification is positively related to role conflict. In addition, the interaction of scholarly identification and entrepreneurial identification is negatively associated with role conflict. We also investigate the performance implications of such a role conflict and show that it is negatively related to academic entrepreneurship performance. We discuss the theoretical and practical implications of these findings.

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  • Bo Zou & Jinyu Guo & Feng Guo & Yan Shi & Yanxia Li, 2019. "Who am I? The influence of social identification on academic entrepreneurs’ role conflict," International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, Springer, vol. 15(2), pages 363-384, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:intemj:v:15:y:2019:i:2:d:10.1007_s11365-017-0492-1
    DOI: 10.1007/s11365-017-0492-1
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