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Mentor expectations and entrepreneurial venture creation: mediating role of the sense of nothing to lose and entrepreneurial resilience

Mir Dost (Department of Business Administration, Sukkur IBA University, Sukkur Pakistan and Faculty of Business, Sohar University, Sohar Oman)
Syed Mir Muhammad Shah (Sukkur IBA University, Sukkur, Pakistan)
Irfan Saleem (Faculty of Business, Sohar University, Sohar, Oman and Department of UCP Business School, University of Central Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan)

Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies

ISSN: 2053-4604

Article publication date: 20 August 2021

Issue publication date: 1 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to investigate the influence of mentor expectations on nascent entrepreneur’s venture creation and how this relationship strengthens/weakens when mediated by the sense of nothing to lose and entrepreneurial resilience.

Design/methodology/approach

The author nested the data from mentors and protégé entrepreneurs by using a questionnaire survey. Mentors were those individuals who were established entrepreneurs and involved in training to protégé entrepreneurs. Protégé entrepreneurs were those who were part of the cohorts in incubation centers for training and startup training.

Findings

Data revealed that it was unlikely to create a new venture when mentors displayed low expectations in protégé entrepreneurs. However, this relationship was positively mediated by the sense of nothing to lose and entrepreneurial resilience.

Practical implications

The findings have important implications on how mentor expectations can hinder protégé entrepreneurs’ venture creation and how it turns around when entrepreneurs display the ability of nothing to lose and resilience.

Originality/value

Mentorship from other experienced individuals has become essential to entrepreneurs and their fledgling ventures. Although there is an acknowledgment that mentoring improves an entrepreneur’s likelihood of success in a new venture, yet far too little the authors know about the degree of expectations in mentor-mentee relationships and new venture creation. This research connects those pieces of the puzzle and fills the gap.

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Acknowledgements

The authors are truly thankful to the Editor of the Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies Dr Jun Li and four anonymous reviewers for their very constructive reviews during the first submission. Their comments made us ponder and restructure our manuscript so that it could read well.

Citation

Dost, M., Shah, S.M.M. and Saleem, I. (2022), "Mentor expectations and entrepreneurial venture creation: mediating role of the sense of nothing to lose and entrepreneurial resilience", Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies, Vol. 14 No. 6, pp. 1229-1243. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEEE-04-2021-0136

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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