Does entrepreneurship ecosystem influence business re-entries after failure?

Maribel Guerrero*, Jorge Espinoza-Benavides

*Corresponding author for this work

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Previous studies have found a close relationship between exit/failure decisions and entrepreneurial/organisational characteristics. In the same line, entrepreneurship literature has recognised that the context matters in any entrepreneurial process, including “exit,” “failure” or “re-entry.” This manuscript proposes a conceptual framework to identify the elements of the entrepreneurial ecosystem that foster or impede the re-entry into entrepreneurship after a business failure. By reviewing the accumulation of knowledge, we identified the individual, the organisational, and the contextual conditions that influence the trajectory of an individual who decides to re-enter after a business failure. This manuscript provides a better understanding of the critical role of agents involved in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. A provocative discussion and implications emerge for this study in order to reduce individual barriers and unfavourable social norms towards business failure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-227
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Entrepreneurship and Management Journal
Issue number1
Early online date29 Aug 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2021


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