Surviving the emotional rollercoaster called entrepreneurship: The role of emotion regulation

Robin De Cock*, Lien Denoo, Bart Clarysse

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The entrepreneurial journey is often experienced as an emotional rollercoaster, but we know very little about how entrepreneurs can ride it most effectively to increase their ventures' chances of survival. We investigate how entrepreneurs' habitual use of cognitive reappraisal and expressive suppression – two well-established types of emotion regulation – impact on the likelihood of their venture surviving. Drawing on a sample of 183 technology ventures, we find that both regulation types are generally associated with a lower survival likelihood, but that these effects depend on the venture's performance. Our study contributes to the literatures on emotions and new venture survival in entrepreneurship and to the emotion regulation literature.
Original languageEnglish
Article number105936
JournalJournal of Business Venturing
Issue number2
Early online dateJun 2019
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020


  • new venture
  • survival
  • emotion regulation
  • founder


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