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Record number 531520
Title Learning "who we are" by doing : Processes of co-constructing prosocial identities in community-based enterprises
Author(s) Dentoni, Domenico; Pascucci, Stefano; Poldner, Kim; Gartner, William B.
Source Journal of Business Venturing (2017). - ISSN 0883-9026
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusvent.2017.12.010
Department(s) Management Studies
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2017
Availibility Full text available from 2019-12-29
Keyword(s) Community-based enterprises - Distributed experimentation - Epiphanies - Identity construction - Prosocial organizing
Abstract 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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