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dc.contributor.advisorLee, Billy
dc.contributor.authorHeinze, Ilka
dc.date.accessioned2012-07-13T12:39:41Z
dc.date.available2012-07-13T12:39:41Z
dc.date.issued2011-11-23
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1842/6126
dc.description.abstractThis study examines the process of entrepreneurial sense-making of business failure in the context of their social environment. Transcripts of semi-structured interviews with six entrepreneurs who experienced business failure were analysed by interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). Emergent themes were the entrepreneurs’ self incorporating values and motivations, their grief and suffering in the aftermath of failure, feelings of betrayal and frustration, financial worries, learning as the benefit of failure and feelings of liberation. The study illustrates the contextual factors of the entrepreneurs’ significant others, such as spouses, parents, siblings or romantic partners who will influence the entrepreneurs’ future decision making. The research yielded evidence that entrepreneurs do take into account the feelings and attitudes of their significant others in their decision-making. Furthermore they actively search for benefits from failure in their sense-making. The study has practical implications such as for new and budding entrepreneurs, institutions, organisational and counselling psychologists as well as theoretical implications in the context of qualitative entrepreneurial research.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherThe University of Edinburghen
dc.subjectentrepreneuren
dc.subjectfailureen
dc.subjectIPAen
dc.subjectsense-makingen
dc.subjectsocial environmenten
dc.titleMaking Sense of the Social Aspects of Business Failureen
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationlevelMastersen
dc.type.qualificationnameMSc Master of Scienceen
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