Professor of Accounting and Control
Learning; Hindsightbias; Retrospective Recall; Nascentactivity ;
The authors posit that individuals who are actively engaged in activities to develop their own venture will exhibit hindsightbias when recalling their startup experiences. The authors observe that those who fail to develop their startup activity into an operating business demonstrate substantial hindsightbias concerning the probability of venture formation.In particular, the recalled probability of success, reported after their decision to quit, is lower than the probability of success solicited during the nascent process. The authors argue that the systematic distortion of the past has important implications for individuals involved in the venturing process.Specifically, the authors suggest that these individuals are at risk of overestimating their chances of success when starting future nascentactivity if they do not correct for their optimistic tendencies.The evidence from this study suggests it is important to recognize that what nascent entrepreneurs believe they experienced, and what they actually experienced, may not be equivalent.