Risk perceptions and venture creation decisions: establishing the boundary conditions of overconfidence and perceived environmental munificence

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dc.contributor Kacmar, K. Michele
dc.contributor Davis, Jullet A.
dc.contributor Armstrong, Craig E.
dc.contributor Allaway, Arthur Warren
dc.contributor.advisor Marino, Louis D.
dc.contributor.author Robinson, Anthony
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-28T22:32:11Z
dc.date.available 2017-02-28T22:32:11Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000374
dc.identifier.other Robinson_alatus_0004D_10382
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/880
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract This dissertation leverages cognition theory to examine the relationship between risk perceptions and venture creation decisions and seeks to establish overconfidence and perceived environmental munificence as boundary conditions for that relationship. Risk perceptions of the new venture are negatively associated with venture creation decisions. As the threat of possible loss and uncertainty associated with the new venture increase, the likelihood for gains associated with deciding to create the new venture decrease. Overconfidence and perceived environmental munificence are expected to moderate the relationship between risk perceptions of the new venture and venture creation decisions. Overconfidence is a cognitive bias that mitigates the relationship between risk perceptions of the new venture and venture creation decisions because the overconfident, while aware of risks, tend to be less sensitive to the possibilities of loss affecting their new ventures based upon skewed perceptions. Additionally, greater amounts of perceived environmental munificence are expected to weaken the negative relationship between risk perceptions of the new venture and venture creation decisions. The effects of risks on the new venture decision are perceived as less likely in resource-rich environments. The relationship between perceived risks and venture creation decisions is, thus, likely to be influenced by the boundary conditions of overconfidence and perceived environmental munificence. The results provide support for the hypothesized relationship between risk perceptions and venture creation decisions. It also provides evidence that perceived environmental munificence moderates the relationship between risk perceptions and venture creation decisions. However, it does not provide support for the hypothesized boundary condition of overconfidence.
dc.format.extent 115 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Entrepreneurship
dc.subject.other Psychology, Cognitive
dc.title Risk perceptions and venture creation decisions: establishing the boundary conditions of overconfidence and perceived environmental munificence
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Management and Marketing
etdms.degree.discipline Management
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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