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Tadeu F. Nogueira and Gry A. Alsos

Extant literature recognizes the important role of learning in the entrepreneurial process. However, few studies have explored how learning takes place in a mutual interaction with new venture ideas (NVI). This paper aims to build theoretical understanding about the interplays between the development of NVIs and entrepreneurs’ learning. In our inductive multiple-case study with six entrepreneurs in Norway, we find that NVIs trigger the learning of entrepreneurs at several occasions and, by transforming experiences into knowledge, entrepreneurs further develop the NVIs. This paper emphasizes the mechanisms of this co-development process.

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Edited by Gry A. Alsos, Ulla Hytti and Elisabet Ljunggren

Innovation is seen as one of the main engines of economic growth creating prosperous nations and enabling technological development within industries and sectors This Handbook contributes to the field of innovation by providing a wide range of studies from different analytical and methodological perspectives and from various regional and industry contexts in order to pave the way forward. The multidisciplinary contributors discuss topics such as gender and innovation in new and small businesses, and growth businesses; addressing innovation in different organizational contexts ranging from public sector health care to mining and forestry; researching gender in innovation policy.