Am I what I am? Insights on the Self-Identity of Descendants of Family Βusiness Owners

de Groote, Julia Katharina; Schell, Sabrina (3 June 2016). Am I what I am? Insights on the Self-Identity of Descendants of Family Βusiness Owners (Unpublished). In: 2016 European Academy of Management Conference. Paris. 01.-04.06.2016.

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Based on social identity theory, the present research sets out to shed light on the self-identity development of descendants of family business owners and the consequences of this identity development. Within family businesses three overlapping systems, which can also be understood as groups, exist. We pose that the perceived membership of these groups influences the self-identity of young adults in the context of the family business. The self-identity of potential successors is investigated in a culture-specific context. In German, the concept “Unternehmerkind” exists, which literally translates into child of an entrepreneur. The concept hence contains aspects of different identities and group memberships. Our theoretical reasoning and empirical findings are linked to the culture-specific meaning of the concept “Unternehmerkind”. In our explorative study we investigate the self-identity of Unternehmerkinder with a sample of 173 German and Swiss-German young adults.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Organization and Human Resource Management
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Organization and Human Resource Management > Human Resource Management

UniBE Contributor:

de Groote, Julia Katharina and Schell, Sabrina

Subjects:

600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

Language:

English

Submitter:

Julia Katharina de Groote

Date Deposited:

04 Jul 2017 14:07

Last Modified:

04 Jul 2017 14:07

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Family Business; Social Identity Theory; Business Succession

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/96495

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