Why Are Optimistic Entrepreneurs Successful? An Application Of The Regulatory Focus Theory
AbstractDoes entrepreneurial optimism affect business performance? Using a unique data set based on repeated survey design, we investigate this relationship empirically. Our measures of ‘optimism’ and ‘realism’ are derived from comparing the turnover growth expectations of 133 owners-managers with the actual outcomes one year later. Our results indicate that entrepreneurial optimists perform significantly better in terms of profits than pessimists. Moreover, it is the optimist-realist combination that performs best. We interpret our results using the regulatory focus theory.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CHANGE IN EUROPE,School of Slavonic and East European Studies,University College London (SSEES,UCL) in its series Working Papers with number 85 Key Words: Entrepreneurship, Optimism, Venture Growth, Regulatory Focus Theory, Latvia.
Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2008
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- Ruta Aidis & Tomasz Mickiewicz* & Arnis Sauka, 2008. "Why Are Optimistic Entrepreneurs Successful? An Application Of The Regulatory Focus Theory," William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series wp914, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.
- D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
- L21 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Business Objectives of the Firm
- L26 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Entrepreneurship
- M13 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting - - Business Administration - - - New Firms; Startups
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