The summer school enabled participants to examine how individuals, organizations and societies experience, respond to and engage in the process when their identity is in transition. What elements of their existing ‘self’ do they employ when making the transition? How is the notion of ‘self’, ‘I’, ‘We’ redefined given the myriad of social, economic, political and environmental conditions that ignite such identity transitions. And whilst transition can be a stressful experience, it can also be transformative and positively affirm a new role/social/cultural identity.
Besides plenary research sessions, interactive sessions with visiting executives and experts enabled students to reflect on how transformations are experienced, supported and how this ongoing process of renewal can be re-conceptualized. Additionally the students had the opportunity to present their own research projects. The main objective of the Summer School was to facilitate learning from diverse research perspectives on “identity” and to provide an enriching environment that inspires students to develop their own research ideas.