Rational actors, knowledgeable agents: extending pecking order considerations of new venture financing to incorporate founder experience, knowledge and networks

Atherton, Andrew (2009) Rational actors, knowledgeable agents: extending pecking order considerations of new venture financing to incorporate founder experience, knowledge and networks. International Small Business Journal, 27 (4). pp. 470-490. ISSN 0266-2426

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Abstract

Standard explanations of the decisions made by new firm founders when acquiring financing to start ventures tend to refer to the efficiency and economic rationales underpinning such choices. In this paper, a pecking order approach is applied to twenty-six cases of new venture creation to test such ‘rational actor’ approaches. When pecking order considerations are extended to incorporate previous experiences of acquiring finance and perceptions of the ease and feasibility of doing so, a fuller explanation of decisions and patterns in new venture financing emerges. A key implication of this analysis is the need to consider the experiential and knowledge base of founders when seeking to understand the dynamics and drivers of new business funding.

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Additional Information:Standard explanations of the decisions made by new firm founders when acquiring financing to start ventures tend to refer to the efficiency and economic rationales underpinning such choices. In this paper, a pecking order approach is applied to twenty-six cases of new venture creation to test such ‘rational actor’ approaches. When pecking order considerations are extended to incorporate previous experiences of acquiring finance and perceptions of the ease and feasibility of doing so, a fuller explanation of decisions and patterns in new venture financing emerges. A key implication of this analysis is the need to consider the experiential and knowledge base of founders when seeking to understand the dynamics and drivers of new business funding.
Keywords:entrepreneurship, founder experience, new venture, SME, start-up finance
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N300 Finance
N Business and Administrative studies > N290 Management studies not elsewhere classified
N Business and Administrative studies > N100 Business studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > Lincoln Business School
ID Code:2792
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Deposited On:07 Jul 2010 09:16
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