The influence of anticipated regret on business start-up behavior: A research note

Isabella Hatak, Kirsi Snellman

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Abstract

This research note aims to develop the emotional underpinning of early-stage entrepreneurship by examining the influence of anticipated regret, a negative emotion, on the transformation of latent entrepreneurs into nascent entrepreneurs. Drawing on regret regulation theory and two waves of survey data, the analysis demonstrates that anticipated regret manifests as a, feeling for doing, by pushing latent entrepreneurs towards engaging in business start-up behaviour. We conclude that negative emotions exert an important influence on behavioural regulation in early- stage entrepreneurship, fostering the transition from latent to nascent entrepreneurship.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-360
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Small Business Journal
Volume35
Issue number3
Early online date3 Nov 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • anticipated regret
  • emotions
  • latent entrepreneurship
  • nascent entrepreneurship
  • start-up behavior

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