The Role of Fear for Entrepreneurial Venture Creation

Causes of Failure before and after Foundation

  • Philipp K. Berger

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  8. Back Matter
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About this book


Based on theory and an empirical survey, Philipp K. Berger measures the amount of fear for different groups of entrepreneurs. He draws parallels to Prospect Theory revealing the components of fear and shows, that entrepreneurial fear is a rather rational subconscious evaluation of the situation. Furthermore, he identifies the root causes of this fear – the fear of failure – and the underlying reasons, why potential entrepreneurs think they might fail. A comparison to actual company failure shows, that potential entrepreneurs both over-rate certain potential pitfalls and under-estimate other blind spots. The attributes of the individuals also have an influence on their fear, clustering them into rather fearful and rather fearless entrepreneurs. Based on the generated insights, the book concludes with concrete recommendations to improve the entrepreneurial activity in a country.


  • Fear of entrepreneurial activity
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Failure of new ventures
  • Characteristics of entrepreneurs

 Target Groups

  • Researchers and students in the field of entrepreneurship
  • Potential entrepreneurs thinking about founding a company, investors who look out for new ways of evaluation venture teams and Start-ups

The Author

Philipp K. Berger is a researcher for entrepreneurship at the University of Bremen. He is an entrepreneur himself and has a previous career as a manager.


Anxiety Characteristics Failure of new Ventures Fear of Failure Founding a Company Start-ups

Authors and affiliations

  • Philipp K. Berger
    • 1
  1. 1.Universität BremenBremenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer Gabler, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-08999-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-09000-5
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