Sexual prejudice in entrepreneurship – How sexual orientation influences the harshness of business failure evaluations
Those who are homosexual are often stigmatized in society and at the work place. For some of them, becoming leaving employment and becoming an entrepreneur is the only way to be open about their sexual orientation without being stigmatized at work. What happens, however, if these entrepreneurs fail and their failure is perceived by the general public? Will they be stigmatized for both, the failure and their sexual orientation?
In an article published in the Journal of Management Studies, Professor Shepherd of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and Professor Patzelt of the TUM School of Management address this question and explore how 212 people of the general public in two German towns (Munich and Leipzig) evaluate failed entrepreneurs depending on their sexual orientation.