Rushed and short on time: The negative effects of temporal planning and flexible pacing style on the entrepreneurial alertness–effectuation relationship

Charlotta Sirén*, Vinit Parida, Pankaj C. Patel, Joakim Wincent

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Abstract

We investigate the influence of entrepreneurs' temporal preferences on the alertness–effectuation association in the early opportunity creation process. Although temporal cognitions of planning and flexible pacing are generally beneficial in organizational settings, we ask whether they constrain effectuation efforts when there is increasing alertness. Using survey data from 92 entrepreneurs running Swedish ventures, we find that entrepreneurial alertness has a positive association with effectual decision making during opportunity creation. We find support for our predictions that temporal planning (the consideration of the temporal flow of task activities) and flexible pacing behavior (the adaptation of one's pace within social interactions) weaken the positive association between alertness and effectuation. We discuss the implications of our research for the literature on entrepreneurial alertness and effectuation and for the emerging literature on entrepreneurs' temporal preferences.

Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalJournal of Business Research
Volume101
Issue numberAugust
Pages (from-to)555-560
Number of pages6
ISSN0148-2963
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 08.2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

  • 512 Business and Management
  • Effectuation
  • Entrepreneurial alertness
  • Cognition
  • Temporal planning
  • Flexible pacing behavior

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