A Little Bit of Knowledge Is a Dangerous Thing: Entrepreneurial Experience and New Venture Disengagement

Rasmus Toft-Kehler, Karl Wennberg, Phillip H. Kim

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    Existing research has offered conflicting narratives of how entrepreneurial experience influences whether founders will continue working on or disengage from their ventures. We theorize and test how entrepreneurs with varying levels of experience disengage from early-stage companies. Findings reveal a U-shaped relationship, such that novices and highly experienced entrepreneurs are more likely to quit their ventures, while moderately experienced entrepreneurs are more likely to persist in their pursuits. We offer both theoretical and empirical explanations for how the propensity to disengage from new ventures evolves with entrepreneurial experience.
    TidsskriftJournal of Business Venturing Insights
    Sider (fra-til)36-46
    Antal sider11
    StatusUdgivet - dec. 2016


    • Serial entrepreneurship
    • Disengagement
    • Experience curves
    • Entrepreneurial behavior