Abstract

What explains why certain nascent entrepreneurs abandon the firm emergence process while others succeed and end up selling their products (Carter et al. 1996)?

It is well established that social support embedded and obtained from social networks matters for both individuals’ entry into nascent entrepreneurship and their subsequent success in starting their business (Davidsson & Honig 2003). However, prior research has mainly investigated the impact of social support as a stable phenomenon ignoring its dynamic nature.

This is problematic because the variation over time determines whether such support is truly authentic support, which enhances the entrepreneurial process, or only symbolic support, lacking important trustworthy support intentions that may limit and restrict the entrepreneurial process (Avolio & Gardner 2005).

In this study, we investigate not only how the level of support impacts entrepreneurs’ startup success but also the authentic versus the symbolic characteristic of this support, captured by support dynamics.

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