Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)

Degree Level





Jason Ridge

Committee Member

Lauren Simon

Second Committee Member

Oleg Petrenko


entrepreneurs, investors, political polarization


In the current political climate, understanding political identity alignment or misalignment between stakeholders is critical. Indeed, today’s climate of political polarization likely not only affects political behavior or social interactions but is likely to spill over into resource allocation behavior by groups and individuals. The purpose of this dissertation is to explore the influence of political signals between the investor and the entrepreneur in shaping an investor’s funding decision. Further, while the funding outcomes relating to political signals are critical, it is likewise imperative to advance our understanding of the mechanisms shaping investor perceptions. Thus, this dissertation investigates key mechanisms at play that mediate and moderate the relationship between political alignment dynamics and funding. By utilizing an experimental design and two studies to test the hypotheses, this dissertation contributes to both theory and practice in terms of how political signals influence perceptions of entrepreneurs and the willingness to invest into those entrepreneurs.

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