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Learning "who we are" by doing: processes of co-constructing prosocial identities in community-based enterprises
Wageningen University, The Netherlands.
University of Exeter, UK.
Wageningen University, The Netherlands.
Babson College, USA.
2018 (English)In: Journal of Business Venturing, ISSN 0883-9026, E-ISSN 1873-2003, Vol. 33, no 5, p. 603-622Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigates how members in community-based enterprises (CBEs) engage in processes of co-constructing their collective prosocial identities. Based on an inductive analysis of 27 organizations that were formed explicitly as communities and sought to build alternative forms of production and consumption through innovative ways to pool and recombine resources, we found that all of the CBEs engaged in distributed experimentation that lead to epiphany sense-making. These two approaches triggered and enacted collective processes of shifts in identity or identity persistence. We advance a processual model that identifies approaches for how members of CBEs either embrace epiphanies in identity shifts or limit and react to epiphanies in identity persistence.

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2018. Vol. 33, no 5, p. 603-622
Keywords [en]
Community-based enterprises, Prosocial organizing, Identity construction, Epiphanies, Distributed experimentation
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Economics and Business
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Economy, Ledarskap, entreprenörskap och organisation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-75846DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusvent.2017.12.010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-75846DiVA, id: diva2:1217920
Available from: 2018-06-13 Created: 2018-06-13 Last updated: 2018-08-13Bibliographically approved

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