Abstract

What explains why certain nascent entrepreneurs abandon the firm emergence process while others continue (Carter et al. 1996)? This has been an enduring question that has occupied many entrepreneurship scholars over time (Davidsson & Gorden 2012). This paper investigates how social support and specifically social support dynamics impact firm emergence (Katz & Gartner 1988). We provide two new insights. First, we propose that informational support, emotional support, and specifically their dynamic interplay explain why certain nascent entrepreneurs dropped out of the firm emergence process while others continue. Second, we propose that the explanation provided by informational and emotional support as to why certain nascent entrepreneurs dropped out of the firm emergence process while others continue depends on when the support is received – their timing.

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