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Resilience and effectuation for a successful business takeover

Aude d’Andria, Ines Gabarret and Benjamin Vedel
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Aude d’Andria: UEVE - Université d'Évry-Val-d'Essonne
Ines Gabarret: EDC Paris
Benjamin Vedel: LEM - Lille économie management - LEM - UMR 9221 - Université de Lille - UCL - Université catholique de Lille - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

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Abstract: Purpose: This study explores how resilience can support entrepreneurs in uncertain environments. The study's objective is to show how different dimensions of resilience (emotional/cognitive) are dynamically connected to different logics of actions (causation/effectuation) allowing the development of a successful entrepreneurial project. Methodology: The study is based on a qualitative analysis of a blog written by an entrepreneur during the first seventeen months of a search, negotiation, and financing process for a company takeover. Findings: The results highlight that in high uncertainty, strong entrepreneurial resilience and shift of logics of action can contribute to the success of a business takeover. This study identifies forms of resilience during the business takeover process that helped the entrepreneur overcome adversity and succeed. Moreover, these forms of resilience seem to be related to effectual and causal logics. Practical implications: This study could help future entrepreneurs succeed in the creation or takeover of an organization by improving knowledge of the relationship between resilience and logics of actions. Originality: This study proposes a different approach to the study of entrepreneurial resilience by analysing it in relation with the logics of action (causation/effectuation). Moreover, the study offers a modern methodological approach by using an internet blog as a data source.

Keywords: Entrepreneurial resilience; business takeover; effectuation; small and medium-sized enterprises (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-05-14
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Published in International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, Emerald, 2018, 〈10.1108/IJEBR-11-2016-0367〉

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DOI: 10.1108/IJEBR-11-2016-0367

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