Open Workshop by Ulla Hytti: On matters of entrepreneurial identity – Identity matters!

The aim of the Open Workshop Series in Business and Management Studies is to promote top-quality academic and applied research in various fields of the social sciences. This is a unique opportunity for sharing knowledge and networking with local and international community members.

15:00 - 17:00 Friday 24/02/2017

SSE Riga, Strelnieku 4a, Room 507

Speaker: Prof. Ulla Hytti, Turku School of Economics, Finland

With the famous article by Gartner (1988) “Who is an Entrepreneur?” is the wrong question and later the seminal article from Shane and Venkatamaran (2000) focusing entrepreneurship as the process of identifying and exploiting new opportunities, entrepreneurship research turned away from the individual in entrepreneurship. But of course individuals are important in entrepreneurship! Consequently, Identities have become an object of interest in entrepreneurship. Rather than externally evaluating entrepreneurs and their characteristics – which Gartner (1988) criticized in his article, for example, research on entrepreneurial identities focuses on how individuals come to see and understand themselves as entrepreneurs. This presentation will draw on the findings of several studies implemented by Ulla Hytti, all showing that entrepreneurial identities, that are available or that can be constructed by entrepreneurs, are important in understanding entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial behavior.

Prof. Ulla Hytti is Research Director, Adjunct Professor at the Turku School of Economics within the University of Turku. Ulla is interested in entrepreneurial identities in different contexts, such as in family business, farms and small businesses; in entrepreneurial careers and entrepreneurship education; as well as gender. Ulla is Associate Editor at Journal of Small Business Management. Ulla is a director for a research project “Academic entrepreneurship as a social process” at the University of Turku funded by the Academy of Finland (2016-2020).

Discussion moderated by Dr. Arnis Sauka

Please sign up for the seminar, writing to by February 22, 2017.

Workshop is supported by the National Research Program 5.2 EKOSOC - LV

The aim of the SSE Riga Open Workshop Series is to:

  • to foster cooperation between business and management researchers, practitioners and policy makers, as well as
  • to promote academic and applied research in various fields of the social sciences, focusing on but not limited to entrepreneurship, marketing, management, public administration and strategy.

Organised by the Centre for Sustainable Business at SSE Riga.

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