Facilitating higher levels of professional success and personal well-being: Why differentiation of self is crucial for entrepreneurs

Lay Summary 

Dr. Franklin’s research often explores the ways in which theories from realms outside of business may be applied to the study of entrepreneurship. This study examines the extent to which differentiation of self, or the ability to balance emotional and intellectual functioning while also balancing intimacy and independence in interpersonal relationships, influences entrepreneurs’ capacity to self-regulate. Dr. Franklin posits that individuals with higher levels of differentiation of self are better able to think clearly and behave logically while also making decisions that support their own beliefs and values. She plans to examine how this may contribute to entrepreneurial success and well-being. Differentiation of self is a concept related to family dynamics that originates from family systems theory. Dr. Franklin is among the first to apply it to the study of entrepreneurship and management.


Adapted from: https://www.business.mun.ca/news.php?id=12614&type=news

Faculty of Business Administration
Social Sciences And Humanities Research Council - Insight Development Grant
Newfoundland and Labrador
Start date 
1 Jan 2021