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What do entrepreneurs talk about when they talk about failure?
Copenhagen Business School, Denmark ; California Lutheran University, USA.
Clemson University, USA.
2013 (English)In: Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research: Chapter VI. Entrepreneurial motivations, Babson College , 2013, Vol. 33, 1-14 p., Article 2Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This research focuses on “the rhetoric of entrepreneurial practice.” We conducted quantitative and qualitative linguistic analysis of ways that entrepreneurs talk about failure based on 89 usable transcriptions of presentations given at Stanford University between 2001 and 2013. Findings highlight: Entrepreneurs discuss failure as part of the social norm of entrepreneurship. Failure is paradoxically related to success. Entrepreneurs tend to characterize failure as positive and discuss positive failure using temporal (e.g., “fail fast”) and scalable (e.g., “leverage it”) language. Finally, entrepreneurs rarely recount personal stories or anecdotes about failure: they tended to talk in clichés.

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Babson College , 2013. Vol. 33, 1-14 p., Article 2
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Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, Vol. 33 : Iss. 6
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Economics and Business
Research subject
Economy, Ledarskap, entreprenörskap och organisation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-64331OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-64331DiVA: diva2:1098574
Conference
The 33rd Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC), Lyon, France, June 5-8, 2013
Available from: 2017-05-24 Created: 2017-05-24 Last updated: 2017-05-24Bibliographically approved

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