Entrepreneurial resilience: a renewed perspective

Isuru Koswatte, Nilusha Gallage*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This book chapter aims to offer a renewed perspective on entrepreneur- ship triggered in the face of business uncertainty and national crisis. The chapter introduces attributional theory as a basis to identify how individuals develop their internal capabilities to become successful in trying circumstances. This chapter uses reviews of literature from entrepreneurship, resilience and entrepreneurial resilience, which is viewed from the theoretical lens of attributional theory. The study intro- duces a conceptual framework based on the literature, which is further discussed in its context. The conceptual views are supported through specific examples taken from Sri Lanka, which is the key context of the chapter. Our contribution sheds new light on entrepreneurial resilience and the context. As a renewed perspective, we suggest that entrepreneurial resilience is a dynamic trigger force initiating the entrepreneurial process among entrepreneurs in resource-constrained environments such as Sri Lanka. In this new perspective, there is a need to reconsider entrepreneurial resilience beyond being a critical ability that an entrepreneur should be equipped with to overcome challenges and adapt to uncertainties. Future research could explore the possibility of how the three internal attributional dimensions (innovation, experi- ence, and attitude) support uncertainty and/or crisis triggered entrepreneurship, that is, necessity entrepreneurship.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCultural Entrepreneurship
EditorsV. Ratten
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9789811927713
ISBN (Print)9789811927706
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Jul 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • entrepreneurial resilience
  • attrributional theory
  • innovation
  • attitude
  • experience
  • resource-constrained environment
  • Sri Lanka


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