The purpose of this study is to understand how a SME owner’s identity links to business evolution. This study collects data from six SME owners and adopts an interpretivist approach to explore the link with identity during SME start-up and growth stages. The findings show that the SME owners’ identity is different at start-up compared to during the growth stages, when the SME has evolved. Additionally, that their identity was critical to the success of their SME in terms of business growth. Although all SME owners were found to have growth aspirations for their business, this challenged their personal identity and their role within the SME.
|Title of host publication||BAM 2018 Conference Proceedings|
|Publisher||British Academy of Management|
|Publication status||Accepted for publication - 1 May 2018|
|Event||BAM2018 Conference: Driving productivity in uncertain and challenging times - Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom|
Duration: 4 Sep 2018 → 6 Sep 2018
|Period||4/09/18 → 6/09/18|