The Role of Temporal Orientation and Framing Sequence in Entrepreneurial Failure

This paper draws upon the case of the repeated failure to start a women volleyball league in the United States to heed the call for more research on the cultural and institutional underpinnings of entrepreneurial failure. While the entrepreneurship literature typically attributes this unfortunate outcome to individual and organizational “mistakes” or accidental “misfortunes”, an institutional lens points attention to the temporal orientation of entrepreneurs and the timely use of framing as a cultural resource. This theoretical perspective illuminates how the broader institutional context in which individual entrepreneurial efforts are situated, if not properly recognized, may represent a cultural impediment to the creation of new ventures and contribute to their demise.

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Academy of Management Proceedings
Iva Docekalova
evelyn micelotta
marvin washington
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