Can your network make you happy? Entrepreneurs’ use of business networks and their subjective well-being

Newman, Alexander, Mole, Kevin F, Ucbasaran, Deniz, Subramanian, Nachiappan and Lockett, Andy (2017) Can your network make you happy? Entrepreneurs’ use of business networks and their subjective well-being. British Journal of Management. ISSN 1045-3172

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Abstract

We draw on the conservation of resources theory to examine whether self-efficacy and resilience mediate the relationship between entrepreneurs’ business network utilization and their subjective well-being. Using socioemotional selectivity theory, we then examine the extent to which the mediating effects become stronger as entrepreneurs age. An analysis of data collected from 335 entrepreneurs in India reveals that business networks help entrepreneurs build resilience and self-efficacy, which contribute to subjective well-being. Furthermore, we find that the relationship between business network utilization and subjective well-being strengthens as entrepreneurs age. Our findings attest to the importance of understanding how contextual resources in entrepreneurs’ work environments influence their subjective well-being by enhancing their personal psychological resources.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Depositing User: Nachiappan Subramanian
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2017 09:00
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2018 11:19
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/70701

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