In this paper, we develop the concept of “bouncing back” from entrepreneurial project failure, that is, an association between entrepreneurs’ failure narratives and their firms’ subsequent performance (Wolfe & Shepherd, 2013a, 2013b). Prior research has established the above link, but there is an insufficient consideration of the boundary conditions of when an entrepreneurial project failure is experienced as a failure and why then, under specific narrative conditions, some experiences improve the subsequent performance while other narratives do not have this bouncing-back effect (see Kim & Miner, 2007). This study identifies those boundary conditions as sensemaking loops (e.g. Weick, Sutcliff & Obstfeld, 2005) and explains their narrative contents as public discourses of communication.
Kauppinen, Antti J.; Wolfe, Marcus T.; and Shepherd, Dean A.
"NARRATIVE BOUNCING-BACK DISCOURSES IN ALLOCATING OPPORTUNISM IN ENTREPRENEURIAL PROJECT FAILURE IN THE ONLINE DATING BUSINESS FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF SENSEMAKING (SUMMARY),"
Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research: Vol. 35
, Article 12.
Available at: http://digitalknowledge.babson.edu/fer/vol35/iss6/12