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Entrepreneurial Learning
Conceptual Frameworks and Applications

ISBN 9780415619318
Published March 3, 2011 by Routledge
368 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book addresses the burgeoning interest in organizational learning and entrepreneurship, bringing together for the first time a collection of new papers dealing explicitly with entrepreneurial learning. Where past books have examined learning in a corporate context, Harrison and Leitch focus instead on the learning process within entrepreneurship and the small business. Areas covered include:

  • a review of the concept of entrepreneurial learning and the relationship between entrepreneurial learning and the wider literatures on management and organizational learning,
  • a review and development of a number of conceptual models of the process of learning in entrepreneurial contexts
  • an illustration of the applications of concept of entrepreneurial learning in a range of contexts
  • an international perspective on entrepreneurial learning.

Table of Contents

Preface: A Conversation Between Entrepreneurship and Organisational Learning Mark Easterby-Smith  Part 1: Introduction  1. Entrepreneurial Learning: A Review and Research Agenda Claire M. Leitch and Richard T. Harrison  Part 2: Conceptual Approaches  2. Enhancing Entrepreneurial Learning Through Peripheral Vision Robert Chia  3. The Process of Entrepreneurial Learning: A Conceptual Framework Diamanto Politis  4. The Role and Management of Learning from Experience in an Entrepreneurial Context Joyce McHenry  Part 3: Intra-Organisational Learning  5. The Role of Organisational Learning in the Opportunity Recognition Process Benyamin B. Lichtenstein and G.T. Lumpkin  6. Experiential Learning within the Process of Opportunity Identification and Exploitation Andrew C. Corbett  7. An Exploration of Knowledge Management Processes in Start-Up Firms in the High Technology Sector Olukemi O. Sawyerr and Jeanette W. Gilsdorf  8. Investment Decision-Making in Small Manufacturing Firms: A Learning Approach Ignatius Ekanem and David Smallbone  9. Sharing of Tacit Knowledge Within Top Management Teams in Civic Entrepreneurship Patricia A. Rowe and Michael J. Christie  Part 4: Inter-Organisational Learning  10. Entrepreneurial Knowledge Flows and New Venture Creation Paul N. Friga  11. Strategy Making, Organisational Learning and Performance in SMEs Edward Gonsalves and Colin Gray  12. Absorptive Capacity of Knowledge Intensive Business Services: The Case of Architectural and Engineering SMEs Jan Waalkens, René Jorna and Theo Postma  13. The Emergent Nature of Learning Networks Joakim Tell  Part 5: Learning, Education and Development  14. Being Differently Abled: Learning Lessons from Dyslexic Entrepreneurs Robert Smith  15. Starting from Scratch: Understanding the Learning Outcomes of Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Education Sandra L. Fisher, Mary E. Graham and Marc Compeau

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Richard Harrison is Professor of Management and Head of Queen’s University Management School, Belfast and is Visiting Professor in the Centre for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Community, School of Management and Marketing, Deakin University, Australia.

Claire Leitch is Senior Lecturer and Director of Education (Postgraduate Studies and Executive Education) at Queen’s University Management School, Belfast and is Visiting Professor at the Centre for Organizational Renewal and Evolution, University of Aarhus.