The 2015 European Refugee Event and Founder Social Identities: A Multi-Country and Multi-Level Study

Hietschold, Nadine; Hsueh, Josh Wei-Jun; Sieger, Philipp; Voegtlin, Christian (August 2019). The 2015 European Refugee Event and Founder Social Identities: A Multi-Country and Multi-Level Study In: Academy of Management Proceedings.

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How are founders’ social identities affected by societal trigger events? To address this question, we build on social identity literature and theorize how the abrupt and significant increase in the number of refugees in Europe in 2015 is related to the strength of Darwinian, Communitarian, and Missionary social identities of founders residing in the affected countries. Furthermore, we introduce a country’s percentage of foreigners before the 2015 refugee event as relevant contingency factor. Using a dataset of 6,841 nascent entrepreneurs from 24 European countries, we reveal a positive relationship between the 2015 refugee event and the strength of founders’ Communitarian identity. This relationship is even stronger when the previous percentage of foreigners in a country is lower. Interestingly, we do not find significant relationships between the refugee event and Darwinian or Missionary identities. Our study provides important contributions to the (founder) social identity literature and valuable implications for policy and practice.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

Business > Institute for Innovation and Strategic Entrepreneurship > Low-end Innovation
Business

Name:

Hietschold, Nadine;
Hsueh, Josh Wei-Jun;
Sieger, Philipp and
Voegtlin, Christian

Subjects:

H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)

Language:

English

Submitter:

Nadine Hietschold

Date Deposited:

03 Oct 2019 09:52

Last Modified:

03 Oct 2019 09:52

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/8496

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