Abstract

Entrepreneurship or starting one’s own venture is an emotional rollercoaster. It is a process with peaks and valleys, in which periods of high pressure, stress, and uncertainty alternate with periods of relative stability and predictability (Schindehutte et al., 2006). In this study, we analyze whether an entrepreneur’s emotion regulation or “the processes by which individuals influence which emotions they have, when they have them, and how they experience and express these emotions” (Gross, 1998: 274) improves his/her venture’s likelihood of survival, an important outcome for an entrepreneur. We adopt Gross and John (2003)’s distinction between antecedent- and response-focused strategies and use cognitive reappraisal and expressive suppression as two factors representing these two types of emotion regulation strategies.

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