Saturday, January, 26
Understanding Professional Identity Transitions for Early-Stage Entrepreneurs (310)
Emerging Research Papers
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Royal Tern Table 2


  • Stephanie Raible (Speaker) Assistant Professor & Faculty Director | Social Entrepreneurship, University of Delaware


Authors: Stephanie Raible

This narrative research records the personal accounts of professional identity transition of 14 entrepreneurs who started full-time entrepreneurial roles as founders or business owners from previous full-time traditional employment within the past 3.5 years. The research utilizes a theoretical framework that combines social identity theory (SIT) and transition theory, in order to explore the phenomenon of professional identity transition for the participant entrepreneurs. The findings generated through the research can inform how educators can better prepare aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs for a transition into an entrepreneurial role.

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