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

  • Bo ZouEmail author
  • Jinyu Guo
  • Feng Guo
  • Yan Shi
  • Yanxia Li


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.


Academic entrepreneurship Academic entrepreneurs Social identity theory Role conflict 



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant 71672049.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bo Zou
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jinyu Guo
    • 1
  • Feng Guo
    • 1
  • Yan Shi
    • 1
  • Yanxia Li
    • 1
  1. 1.School of ManagementHarbin Institute of TechnologyHarbinChina

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