Social Threat Framing on the Fundraising Performance: Evidence from Equity-based Crowdfunding Firms

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Li, J., Gao, J. and Jin, X. (2023). Social Threat Framing on the Fundraising Performance: Evidence from Equity-based Crowdfunding Firms. The 83rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM). Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America Aug - Sep 2023 Academy of Management. https://doi.org/10.5465/AMPROC.2023.296bp
AuthorsLi, J., Gao, J. and Jin, X.
TypeConference paper
Abstract

In this study, we seek to investigate the impact of a firm’s social threat framing on its fundraising performance in equity-based crowdfunding. Crowdfunding ventures have growingly committed to social initiatives to attract investors. However, the success crucially depends on how much the investors value the prosocial cues presented in the proposal. Drawing on the perspective of threat framing, we argue that firms’ framing of social issues as a societal threat in their crowdfunding proposals promotes the fundraising performance. A social threat framing increases perceived importance of the firm’s business and sustainability initiatives in the eyes of investors by developing a sense of urgency and commitment towards the social issues. Using a sample of 229 U.S. equity crowdfunding firms from 2015 to 2021, we found a significant positive relationship between social threat framing and the fundraising performance. We also examined some conditional variables for such an effect, such as firm characteristics and the linguistic styles used in the crowdfunding proposals.

KeywordsSocial threat framing; Fundraising performance; Equity-based crowdfunding; Family business; Local orientation of business; Emotional expression in language; Analytical thinking in language
Year2023
JournalAcademy of Management Proceedings
PublisherAcademy of Management
Journal citation2023 (1)
ISSN2151-6561
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.5465/AMPROC.2023.296bp
Web address (URL)https://journals.aom.org/doi/abs/10.5465/AMPROC.2023.296bp
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