Entrepreneurial Stress and Long Term Survival: Is There a Causal Link?

Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) 2007

Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research 2007

9 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2007

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Andreas Rauch

RSM Erasmus University

Jens Unger

University of Giessen

Nina Rosenbusch

Friedrich Schiller University

Abstract

This study explores the relationship between strain, performance, and survival of small-scale business owners. 201 business owners were observed across a 10 years period. We used a control theoretical framework and argued that strain (psychosomatic complaints, susceptibility to stress) activates strategies that have positive effects on long-term survival and performance. Our research showed that psychosomatic complaints have positive effects on survival. Moreover, psychosomatic complaints were not related to growth but related to dissatisfaction in cross sectional analyses. Finally, low satisfaction was affecting susceptibility to stress. We conclude that while entrepreneurs may try to reduce stress reactions, owners need to proactively strive for desired goals at the same time.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship

JEL Classification: M13

Suggested Citation

Rauch, Andreas and Unger, Jens and Rosenbusch, Nina, Entrepreneurial Stress and Long Term Survival: Is There a Causal Link?. Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) 2007; Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1064681

Andreas Rauch (Contact Author)

RSM Erasmus University ( email )

P.O. Box 1738
Room T08-21
3000 DR Rotterdam, 3000 DR
Netherlands

Jens Unger

University of Giessen ( email )

Betriebswirtschaftslehre VII
Giessen, WY 35394
Germany

Nina Rosenbusch

Friedrich Schiller University ( email )

Jena
Germany

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