Emotional closure and entrepreneurial exit

Afrahi, Bahare (2020) Emotional closure and entrepreneurial exit. In: British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference 2020 : Innovating for a Sustainable Future; 02-04 Sept 2020, Manchester, U.K.. (British Academy of Management Proceedings)


This research proposes emotional disengagement as a psychological closure from business. Using a sample of entrepreneurs in the UK, I test self-doubt, personal reputation, emotional support from entrepreneurs’ family and vision for the business as potential antecedents of emotional disengagement and entrepreneurs’ physical distance from their business. In sum, I find evidence that emotional disengagement mediates psychological antecedents-exit behaviour relationships. The results seem to indicate that entrepreneurs’ feelings toward their business may play a much more complex role in the exit behaviours.

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