The Role of Gender in Entrepreneur–Investor Relationships: A Signaling Theory Approach

24 Pages Posted: 4 Jul 2017

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Gry Agnete Alsos

University of Nordland - Nord University Business School

Elisabet Ljunggren

University of Nordland

Date Written: July 2017

Abstract

This study adopts a gender perspective to analyze funding decisions made by an investment fund that invests equity stakes in new ventures. Prior research has indicated that there is gender skewness in risk capital investments resulting from a combination of demand‐ and supply‐side issues. We apply signaling theory to examine the interface between demand and supply to understand gender biases related to risk capital investments. In‐depth analyses of decision documents from four investment cases show that gender plays a role in the signals that are communicated in the prefunding entrepreneur–investor relationship.

Suggested Citation

Alsos, Gry Agnete and Ljunggren, Elisabet, The Role of Gender in Entrepreneur–Investor Relationships: A Signaling Theory Approach (July 2017). Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Vol. 41, Issue 4, pp. 567-590, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2996828 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/etap.12226

Gry Agnete Alsos (Contact Author)

University of Nordland - Nord University Business School ( email )

Bodø, 8049
Norway

Elisabet Ljunggren

University of Nordland

Post Office Box 1490
Bodø, Nordland 8049
Norway

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