Mentoring Relationship Persistence In New Ventures – Attraction Driven And Process Embeddedness

Marta Dowejko, Elsa Chan, Kevin Au

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    Abstract

    Mentoring relations are essential for new venture performance, but the strategies by which entrepreneurs and mentors act together to sustain their relationships remain unexplored. In this mixed method study, we propose a systematic, configurational, and dyadic view of efficient relationship persistence and clarify its importance for superior acceleration outcomes. Building on fieldwork in 35 mentoring dyads within an acceleration program, we identify two key strategies, process-embedded and attraction-driven, and offer four equifinal paths for how entrepreneurs and mentors persist in efficient relations. The findings thus ascertain the role of economic rents and prior mutual attraction between the partners and uncover the more important but neglected role of the mentoring process in shaping these strategies. Overall, we add insights to the social exchange, new venture mentoring, and acceleration literatures on how joint action, especially in environments marked by high stakes and high uncertainty, shapes critical relationship outcomes.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020
    EventAustralian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange Conference, ACERE 2020 - Adelaide, Australia
    Duration: 4 Feb 20207 Feb 2020

    Conference

    ConferenceAustralian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange Conference, ACERE 2020
    Country/TerritoryAustralia
    CityAdelaide
    Period4/02/207/02/20

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