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The relational dimension of feedback interactions: A study of early feedback meetings between entrepreneurs and potential mentors

van Werven, R. ORCID: 0000-0002-9336-0069, Cornelissen, J. & Bouwmeester, O. (2022). The relational dimension of feedback interactions: A study of early feedback meetings between entrepreneurs and potential mentors. British Journal of Management,

Abstract

Entrepreneurs’ responses to feedback are in part determined by how the interactions during which they receive it unfold. Prior studies primarily discuss feedback interactions between entrepreneurs and their mentors or trusted advisors. Due to this focus on longstanding relationships, there is limited knowledge of ‘early’ meetings – conversations between feedback providers and entrepreneurs who do not know each other well – and the ways in which these shape the relationship between the interactants, as well as the way feedback is received. Our analysis of 54 early feedback interactions suggests that changes in epistemic stance and alignment influence whether there is affiliation, i.e., affective cooperation, between entrepreneurs and feedback providers. We theorise that affiliation is necessary for early feedback interactions to develop into longstanding feedback relationships.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: van Werven, R. , Cornelissen, J. & Bouwmeester, O. (2022). The relational dimension of feedback interactions: A study of early feedback meetings between entrepreneurs and potential mentors. British Journal of Management, , which has been accepted for publication in British Journal of Management. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version of record on Wiley Online Library and any embedding, framing or otherwise making available the article or pages thereof by third parties from platforms, services and websites other than Wiley Online Library must be prohibited.
Publisher Keywords: Feedback; Mentor; Entrepreneurship; Conversation; Accelerator
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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