Entrepreneurship & Failure: An Article Selection

Read this fascinating article selection on failure and entrepreneurship, introduced by Prof. Dimo Dimov, Editor of Journal of Business Venturing Insights.

“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way” – Anna Karenina*

Entrepreneurship is a complex endeavor. To succeed, many things have to go right. To fail, only one thing needs to go wrong. Success and failure thus go hand in hand, always one step apart. Engaging in entrepreneurship is very much about coming to grips with failure. Therefore, academic conversations about entrepreneurial success feel unreal and leave much unsaid. It is not surprising that failure has become a hot and promising topic.

There is so much to think about, as reflected in the diversity of topics and theoretical angles in the articles selected below. Failure comes in many forms and happens in different contexts. It has causes and consequences. It triggers emotions, provides lessons, changes behavior. Indeed, one of the best ways to prepare people for entrepreneurship is to provide a safe environment for them to experience failure, to reflect on it, and to appreciate both its constructive and destructive nature. To do so effectively, we need the language, frameworks, and tools that only leading edge research can provide. There are exciting conversations ahead.


Do you plead guilty? Exploring entrepreneurs' sensemaking-behavior link after business failure
Christoph Mandl, Elisabeth S.C. Berger, Andreas Kuckertz
Journal of Business Venturing Insights

The many faces of entrepreneurial failure: Insights from an empirical taxonomy
Nabil Khelil
Journal of Business Venturing

Aspiring to succeed: A model of entrepreneurship and fear of failure
John Morgan, Dana Sisak
Journal of Business Venturing

Learning-by-failing. An empirical exercise on CIS data
Riccardo Leoncini
Research Policy

The dynamics of CIO derailment: How CIOs come undone and how to avoid it
Anthony B. Gerth, Joe Peppard
Business Horizons

Failed, not finished: A narrative approach to understanding venture failure stigmatization
Smita Singh, Patricia Doyle Corner, Kathryn Pavlovich
Journal of Business Venturing

Lessons learned from international expansion failures and successes
Samantha Yoder, John K. Visich, Elzotbek Rustambekov
Business Horizons

On the Road to Disaster: Strategic Misalignments and Corporate Failure
Loizos Heracleous, Katrin Werres
Long Range Planning

Appropriate persistence in a project: The case of the Wine Culture and Tourism Centre in Bordeaux
Julien Cusin, Juliette Passebois-Ducros
European Management Journal

Learning by failing: What we can learn from un-successful entrepreneurship education
Stefania Testa, Silvana Frascheri
The International Journal of Management Education

HomeGrocer.com: Anatomy of a failure
Greg Fisher, Suresh Kotha
Business Horizons

Individual responses to firm failure: Appraisals, grief, and the influence of prior failure experience
Anna S. Jenkins, Johan Wiklund, Ethel Brundin
Journal of Business Venturing Insights

Family firm succession: Lessons from failures in external party takeovers
Olivier Meier, Guillaume Schier
Journal of Family Business Strategy

Leaders' vulnerable involvement: Essential for trust, learning, effectiveness and innovation in inter-co-operatives
Reuven Shapira
Journal of Co-Operative Organization and Management


Wondering where to publish your related research?
Explore the Aims & Scopes of the featured journals. One may be the perfect match for your paper:

Business Horizons

European Management Journal

Journal of Business Venturing

Journal of Business Venturing Insights

Journal of Co-Operative Organization and Management

Journal of Family Business Strategy

Long Range Planning

Research Policy

The International Journal of Management Education

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*The Anna Karenina principle cited from Wikipedia under the CC BY SA license.