Beyond the finance paradigm: The entrepreneurial logic of financial resource acquisition from an effectuation perspective

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This study examines the logic that entrepreneurs follow when acquiring and mobilising financial resources in the early stages of firm development. By adapting effectuation theory to the demand side of entrepreneurial finance, this study proposes an effectual logic of financial resource acquisition as a theoretical counterpart to the causal financial resource logic associated with the neoclassical finance paradigm. Effectuation provides a behavioural explanation for differences in capital acquisition and financial pecking-orders under the assumption of boundedly rational entrepreneurs. This study develops a conceptual framework which relates the application of an effectual or causal financial resource logic to specific boundary conditions, thereby strengthening the theoretical links between entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial finance. As this study goes beyond what is known from traditional corporate finance, it helps to align theoretical predictions with entrepreneurial practice and provides entrepreneurs with guidance on how to finance entrepreneurial opportunities in situations of uncertainty, risk or resource scarcity.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)440-460
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 05.09.2019

    Research areas

  • Capital acquisition, Capital structure decisions, Effectuation, Entrepreneurial finance, Financial decision-making, Financial resource logic, New venture financing, Pecking-order hypothesis, Start-up financing
  • Management studies