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Event-Generated Affect and its Carryover Effects: Implications for Small Business vs High Growth Venture Goals

Gordon Adomdza and Adenekan (Nick) Dedeke


Experiential processing of events has been argued to result in affective reactions –emotions and feelings – which in turn influence judgment and decision states. Research also suggests that specific experiential processing may carry action-oriented appraisal dimensions that act as implicit perceptual lenses for interpreting subsequent experiences. However, founders with different founding goals may self-select into different founding trajectories that provide them with different experiences and therefore different affective reactions. Therefore, we develop a conceptual model to study experience or event-generated affect within the domain of two common venture goals: small business vs high growth venture goals. Our model unearths insights into affect research in entrepreneurship. Implications for research and practice are also provided.


We thank Dr. James Hayton for his feedback on an earlier version of this paper. We also thank the anonymous reviewers.


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