Handbook of Research On Entrepreneurship

Handbook of Research On Entrepreneurship

What We Know and What We Need to Know

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Edited by Alain Fayolle

This indispensable Handbook offers a fresh look at entrepreneurship research, addressing what we already know, and what we still need to know, in the field. Over the course of 17 chapters, a collaboration of 24 highly-regarded researchers, experts in their fields, provide an insightful new perspective on the future of the study of entrepreneurship. They show that there is a need to redesign research in the field – enacting entrepreneurship out of the box – and consider the history of entrepreneurship whilst developing the future course for research. They also underline the importance of developing research at the crossroads of different fields and the need to explore new domains and/or revisit existing ones from differing perspectives. Finally, they express a desire for more continuity in research, developing knowledge around key concepts and insightful domains.

Chapter 12: Psychology of entrepreneurial behavior

Kelly G. Shaver

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship


An early working title of this chapter was 'Entrepreneurial psychology', but that particular term risks confounding the psychological study of entrepreneurs with a suggestion that, as a discipline, psychology behaves more entrepreneurially than do other disciplines. We are clearly interested in the former, an interest reflected in the present title of the chapter. When the first Psychology of Entrepreneurship course was taught, in 1993 at the College of William & Mary, the challenge was to find enough relevant literature to justify the course title. Now, the challenge is to characterize - in a relatively short summary - a field that has grown exponentially. As of this writing (2011), there are two books specifically on the topic: The Psychology of Entrepreneurship, edited by Baum, Frese and Baron (2007), and Understanding the Entrepreneurial Mind, edited by Carsrud and Brännback (2009). More are probably on the way. Research procedures that are taught in every psychology methods course have been brought to bear on the study of entrepreneurial behavior (Davidsson, 2005) and the new Editor of the Journal of Business Venturing has appointed three Associate Editors, one for economics, one for sociology, and one for psychology (Shepherd, 2010).

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