Everyday social support processes : household members' instrumental and emotional support of entrepreneurs

Cogan, Aviel and Pret, Tobias and Cardon, Melissa S. (2022) Everyday social support processes : household members' instrumental and emotional support of entrepreneurs. International Small Business Journal: Researching Entrepreneurship, 40 (5). pp. 537-563. ISSN 0266-2426 (https://doi.org/10.1177/02662426211054098)

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While it is well-established that entrepreneurs benefit from social support, little is known about how and when instrumental and emotional support from household members facilitate entrepreneurial action and persistence. Through a longitudinal, qualitative study, we develop a conceptual framework that shows how social support from the household becomes an integral part of the everyday activities of entrepreneurs. In contrast to the perception of social support as static, our findings illustrate it as a dynamic, ongoing process which is core to business start-up and growth over time. We also challenge the perspectives that households are simply repositories of resources and entrepreneurs passive recipients of support by demonstrating that social support is necessarily interactive, whereby entrepreneurs and households play a collaborative role in entrepreneurship. Finally, we join the debate concerning mechanisms of social support by suggesting that the main effect model and buffering hypothesis are not contradictory, but are instead interdependent.


Cogan, Aviel, Pret, Tobias ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8594-6617 and Cardon, Melissa S.;