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Entrepreneurial failure : a synthesis and conceptual framework of its effects.

Klimas, P. and Czakon, W. and Kraus, S. and Kailer, N. and Maalaoui, A. (2020) 'Entrepreneurial failure : a synthesis and conceptual framework of its effects.', European management review. .


Failure is not the outcome which entrepreneurs strive for when they start their businesses. However, thousands of entrepreneurs fail each year, experiencing painful and damaging consequences in their professional and private lives. Current knowledge on entrepreneurial failure is quite fragmentary. Our study aims at integrating knowledge on the effects of entrepreneurial failure. Departing from a systematic literature review, we develop a multilevel framework of entrepreneurial failure effects which categorises: (1) their manifestations over time; (2) the directness of the link to the failure event; (3) the degree of impact on the failed entrepreneur; and (4) the level of long‐term outcomes generated. Our findings reveal a broad scope of multilevel impacts of entrepreneurial failure.

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Publisher statement:© 2020 The Authors. European Management Review published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of European Academy of Management (EURAM). This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Date accepted:02 August 2020
Date deposited:04 August 2020
Date of first online publication:25 August 2020
Date first made open access:27 August 2020

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