Entrepreneurs' attitudes to financing: An exloratory study of its determinants
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This paper relies on a theoretical framework of psychology, decision theory and behavioural economics to explore determinants of the entrepreneur's resistance to external financing. The aim of our study is to shed light on whether variables, connected to risk and control, are related to attitudes to external financing. These variables refer to risk propensity, the tendency to feel anticipatory regret in decision-making and preferences to choose situations associated with a high level of control. The study showed that risk attitude of the entrepreneur and the extent of regretful thinking only explained a trivial amount of the attitudes to financing. However moderate, the correlation between self-efficacy and attitude to venture capital revealed the strongest relationship among the variables of risk and control in this study. We also investigated whether the expectation from external financing and other business related variables might explain attitudes to external sources of financing. For instance, it was found that the entrepreneurs with higher expectations from external equity financing and those using external equity financing tended to hold more positive attitudes. Moreover, the entrepreneurs tended to perceive the consequences of external financing to be small.
Economics and Business
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-99935OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-99935DiVA: diva2:658920