Identity Dynamics in the Family Business Context: A Novel(’s) Perspective

  • Björn Kjellander
  • Mattias Nordqvist
  • Friederike Welter
Part of the International Studies in Entrepreneurship book series (ISEN, volume 15)


This chapter sets out to create a novel understanding of identity dynamics in the family business context. Focusing on Hjalmar Bergman’s The Head of the Firm (1924), a fiction novel, our purpose is to describe and interpret how the personal identity of an entrepreneur is challenged and changed in relation to demanding and overlapping family, business, and societal norms and expectations. In our case, ­particularly events related to succession of management and ownership in a family business form dynamic and emotional plots that propel the story forward.


Identity Formation Family Business Life Story Customer Base Identity Construction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Björn Kjellander
    • 1
  • Mattias Nordqvist
    • 1
  • Friederike Welter
    • 1
  1. 1.Jonkoping International Business SchoolJonkopingSweden

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