Abstract

Within new entrepreneurial firms, the emergence of organizational identity is closely related to building an effective team, sharing a strategic vision, establishing the firm’s boundaries and developing social capital networks. Moreover, research suggests that many new entrepreneurial firms quickly develop a strong sense of organizational identity. However, this presents a paradox. Organizational identity typically relies on the accumulation of shared experience and knowledge that the founders of new firms often lack. The following research question therefore suggests itself: how do new entrepreneurial firms quickly develop a strong sense of organizational identity even if the founding members have little shared experience or common knowledge? In my theoretical paper, I propose an answer to this question by integrating insights from three fields of inquiry: autobiographical memory, transactive memory and organizational identity.

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