1st Edition

Entrepreneurial Learning Conceptual Frameworks and Applications

Edited By Richard Harrison, Claire M. Leitch Copyright 2008
    368 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    368 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    Preface:A Conversation Between Entrepreneurship and Organisational Learning Mark Easterby-Smith Part1: Introduction 1. Entrepreneurial Learning:A Review and Research Agenda Claire M. Leitch and Richard T. Harrison Part2: 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 Part3: 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 Part4: Inter-Organisational Learning 10. Entrepreneurial Knowledge Flows and New Venture CreationPaul 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


    Richard Harrison is Professor of Management and Head of Queen’s University Management School, Belfast and is Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Edinburgh University Management School. 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.