An exploration into identity and business evolution for SME owners

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBAM 2018 Conference Proceedings
PublisherBritish Academy of Management
Publication statusAccepted for publication - 1 May 2018
EventBAM2018 Conference: Driving productivity in uncertain and challenging times - Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Sep 20186 Sep 2018


ConferenceBAM2018 Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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