Interpersonal feedback seeking seems essential for entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs seek feedback when innovating (Gemmell, Boland & Kolb, 2012; Fisher, 2012; Volery, Mueller & Siemens, 2015) and navigating the uncertainty involved in creating and running new ventures (Sarasvathy, 2001). In such situations seeking feedback involves and attracts first customers (Corner & Wu, 2012) and aids fast strategic decision-making (Eisenhardt, 1989). Given the expected benefits, it is a surprising insight that not all entrepreneurs seek feedback (Katre & Salipante, 2012), which suggests that entrepreneurs may be motivated to both seek and not seek feedback. Therefore, our key research questions are: Why do and do not entrepreneurs seek feedback? and How do entrepreneurs seek feedback in light of these potentially conflicting motivations?
Drencheva, Andreana M.; Stephan, Ute; Patterson, Malcolm G.; and Topakas, Anna
"TO ASK OR NOT TO ASK? HOW ENTREPRENEURS MANAGE THE FEEDBACK- SEEKING PARADOX (SUMMARY),"
Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research: Vol. 36
, Article 5.
Available at: https://digitalknowledge.babson.edu/fer/vol36/iss15/5