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The narrative cleansing of Andrew Carnegie: entrepreneurial generativity as identity capital

John H. Humphreys ( Texas A&M University - Commerce , Commerce, Texas, USA)
Mario Joseph Hayek (Department of Management, Texas A&M University-Commerce , Commerce, Texas, USA)
Milorad M. Novicevic (Department of Management, University of Mississippi , Oxford, Mississippi, USA)
Stephanie Haden (Department of Management, Texas A&M University-Commerce , Commerce, Texas, USA)
Jared Pickens (Department of Economics and Finance, Texas A&M University-Commerce , Commerce, Texas, USA)

Journal of Management History

ISSN: 1751-1348

Article publication date: 6 March 2019

Issue publication date: 24 April 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to proffer a reconstructed theoretic model of entrepreneurial generatively that accounts for personal and social identities in the narrative construction of entrepreneurial identity..

Design/methodology/approach

The authors followed general analytically structured history processes using the life of Andrew Carnegie to understand how generativity scripts aid in aligning personal and social identities in the formation of entrepreneurial identity.

Findings

The authors argue that Carnegie used entrepreneurial generativity as a form of redemptive identity capital during the narrative reconstruction of his entrepreneurial identity.

Originality/value

This paper extends Harvey et al.’s (2011) model of entrepreneurial philanthropy motivation by including forms of self-capital (psychological capital and self-identity capital) as part of the co-construction of entrepreneurial identity and proposing a reconstructed capital theoretic model of entrepreneurial generativity.

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Humphreys, J.H., Hayek, M.J., Novicevic, M.M., Haden, S. and Pickens, J. (2019), "The narrative cleansing of Andrew Carnegie: entrepreneurial generativity as identity capital", Journal of Management History, Vol. 25 No. 2, pp. 203-220. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMH-06-2018-0031

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