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A Psychological Approach to Entrepreneurship

A Psychological Approach to Entrepreneurship

Selected Essays of Dean A. Shepherd

Dean A. Shepherd

Within an entrepreneurial context, what a person thinks and feels and how they behave are hugely consequential. Entrepreneurs often work in scenarios of considerable time pressure, task complexity, uncertainty and high performance variance. This fascinating volume explores the unique psychological qualities of individuals directly involved in the entrepreneurial process.

Chapter 13: Venture Capitalists' Assessment of New Venture Survival

Dean A. Shepherd

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship


The majority of research on VC's decision making has produced empirically derived lists of VC' "espoused" criteria - criteria they report they use when evluating either global measures of performance (c.f., MacMillan et al. 1987) or likely profitability (c.f., Roure and Keeley 1990). Few researchers have investigated VC's assessment of new venture survival.

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