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PhD defence by Nazanin Eftekhari

Title of the lecture: Theories Behind New Venture Failure, Strengths and Weaknesses. NB. Due to the Covid-19 situation the thesis will be defended digitally via Microsoft Teams.


15.04.2020 kl. 13.00 - 16.00


Title of the thesis: The Aftermath of New Venture Failure.

Nazanin Eftekhari

Summary of the thesis

New ventures are believed to have a pivotal role for economic development and job creation in societies. However, high proportion of new ventures fails within short period after their launch. Individuals as the main resource in entrepreneurial activities are affected by the failure. On one hand, the experience could be the basis for subsequent success in other organizational settings as departing individuals’ entrepreneurial experience can represent a beneficial resource. On the other hand, high uncertainty in startups and liabilities of newness and smallness may have negative consequences for individuals’ further career trajectory. In this dissertation I approach different groups of stakeholders in entrepreneurial activities and examine the consequences of new venture failure on these groups. The overall research question is: What are the consequences of new venture failure on different stakeholder groups involved in entrepreneurial activities? Four studies included in this dissertation present consequence of new venture failure on different groups of actors from various perspectives based on qualitative and quantitative approach.


12:40: Pre-meeting, assessment committee, moderator, observer

13:00: Welcome by Moderator

13:05: PhD presentation (40 min)

13:45: Break 14:00: Opponents examination

15:30: Questions from the audience

16:00: End of defense


  • Associate Professor Jesper Lindgaard Christensen (chair.), Aalborg University
  • Professor Lene Foss,  The Arctic University of Norway
  • Professor Siri Terjesen,  Florida Atlantic University


Christian Nielsen, Head of Department


Jens Holmgren 

How to participate

Due to the Covid-19 situation the thesis will be defended digitally via Microsoft Teams. To participate in the defence please follow this link

Participants must turn off microphone and camera when joining. 

Please be present at least 15 minutes before the defence begins. The channel opens at 12:30.

Participants will during the first break email their questions to Christian Nielsen chn@business.aau.dk. If there are no questions, the assessment committee join in another ”room” and evaluate. Participants stays in the “Defence room” and wait for the assessment committee to join the “defence-room” again.


Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University


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