I’m a Chef! Negotiating Identity Conflict in Craft-based Entrepreneurship

Demetry, Daphne and Doern, Rachel. 2019. 'I’m a Chef! Negotiating Identity Conflict in Craft-based Entrepreneurship'. In: Academy of Management Conference (Symposium on Against the Grain: Managing and Defying Expectations in Nascent Craft Food Markets). Boston, United States 9-13 August 2019. [Conference or Workshop Item]

No full text available

Abstract or Description

At its core, starting a business is an identity transformation (Burton, Sørensen, & Dobrev, 2016). However, taking on the new identity of “entrepreneur” can be especially difficult for those individuals who already possess a salient identity rooted in craft work. Whereas craft work is focused on learning a skill slowly and on doing just one thing well over time for its own sake (Sennett, 2008), entrepreneurship imposes upon individuals the need to learn things quickly and to engage in a broader portfolio of activities. For craft entrepreneurs, this invariably means spending some time away from the very craft around which the business is based. We ask, what strategies do individuals use to balance these mismatched identities? And what are the consequences of these identity conflicts?

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


10 August 2019Accepted

Event Location:

Boston, United States

Date range:

9-13 August 2019

Item ID:


Date Deposited:

24 Apr 2019 09:50

Last Modified:

29 Aug 2019 13:41



Edit Record Edit Record (login required)