Narrative attributions of entrepreneurial failure

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Title: Narrative attributions of entrepreneurial failure
Author: Mantere, Saku; Aula, Pekka; Schildt, Henri; Vaara, Eero
Abstract: We examine how organizational stakeholders use narratives in their psychological processing of venture failure. We identify a range of “narrative attributions”, alternative accounts of failure that actors draw on to process the failure and their role in it. Our analysis provides a view of entrepreneurial failure as a complex social construction, as entrepreneurs, hired executives, employees and the media construct failure in distinctively different ways. Narratives provide means for both cognitive and emotional processing of failure through grief recovery and self-justification.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/38961
Date: 2013-04-30
Subject: failure
entrepreneurship
narrative
storytelling
attribution
grief
self-justification


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