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Learning rock climbing: Building a metaphor to tame fear of failure in young entrepreneurs

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Miruna Radu Lefebvre
François Fourcade
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Véronique Tram
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Abstract

Identified as one of the main obstacles to new business creation, fear of failure significantly impacts entrepreneurial self-efficacy beliefs, and therefore entrepreneurial intentions. We examine the role of emotions in the development of entrepreneurial self-efficacy, and emphasize the impact of entrepreneurial education in enhancing students' ability to cope with stressful negative emotions when confronted with risky situations. Over a period of two years, we studied a cohort of 34 graduate students enrolled in an experiential "climbing and entrepreneurship" program designed to investigate the role of positive and negative emotions on risk propensity and entrepreneurial self-efficacy. The climbing metaphor invited participants to transcend their physical and mental limitations in an attempt to reveal their entrepreneurial potential.
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hal-01016990 , version 1 (01-07-2014)

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Miruna Radu Lefebvre, François Fourcade, Véronique Tram. Learning rock climbing: Building a metaphor to tame fear of failure in young entrepreneurs. Academy of Management (AOM), Aug 2014, United States. ⟨hal-01016990⟩

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