Social support and its effects on self-efficacy among entrepreneurs with disabilities

Mirza Tihic, Muris Hadzic, Alexander McKelvie

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We analyze if various programs for entrepreneurs with disabilities (EWD) positively impact their self-efficacy. We examine if variations in self-efficacy of EWD are related to perceptions of social support, quality assistance from service providers, and perceived barriers to entrepreneurship as a way to evaluate the impact of programs for EWD. We draw upon Critical Disability Theory to understand if service providers act as ‘sites of injustice’ for EWD, creating further barriers, or as ‘sites of justice’ that positively impact their self-efficacy. Using a sample of 127 EWD, we find a positive relationship between the services received from entrepreneurship and disability-specific support programs on self-efficacy. Conversely, we find a strong negative relationship between barriers to entrepreneurship and the self-efficacy of EWD. We contribute by forwarding Critical Disability Theory to the realm of entrepreneurship and shedding new empirical light on EWD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere00279
JournalJournal of Business Venturing Insights
StatePublished - Nov 2021


  • Critical disability theory
  • Disability
  • Inclusive entrepreneurship
  • Military veteran entrepreneurs
  • Self-efficacy
  • Support programs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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