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L’engagement des entrepreneurs : des doutes au second souffle

Abstract : Facing difficulties, entrepreneurs must always persevere but in practice, most of them go through periods of doubt during which their commitment becomes more uncertain. Paradoxically, these doubts can help the perpetuation of the entrepreneurial activity : to stop and take time to doubt allows them to update their expectation and to see their venture in a new light. It is often through this step that entrepreneurs rebuild the commitment needed to carry on, this commitment being often different from the one that initially motivated them to start their business. Based upon 50 interviews, this article proposes a model in four stages : anticipated commitment, commitment to action, confused commitment and second wind commitment. Considering this process, partners and councillors are invited to support entrepreneurs when facing these hard times and to give them time to find the strength to carry on.
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Patrick Valéau. L’engagement des entrepreneurs : des doutes au second souffle. Revue Internationale PME, Editions Management et Société (EMS), 2007, 20 (1), pp.121-154. ⟨10.7202/1008512ar⟩. ⟨hal-02288780⟩

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