Research Handbook on Entrepreneurial Behavior, Practice and Process
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Research Handbook on Entrepreneurial Behavior, Practice and Process

Edited by William B. Gartner and Bruce T. Teague

This Research Handbook provides a comprehensive and detailed exploration of this question: What do entrepreneurs do? The book offers three perspectives (behaviour, practice, process) on this question, demonstrates specific methods for answering the question (ethnography, autoethnography, participant observation, diaries, social media platforms and multilevel research techniques) and provides insights into the implications of pursuing this question as it pertains to: the timing and relationality of entrepreneurial activities, the influence of socially situated cognitions, the effect of team membership, and, the challenges of pursuing a behaviourally oriented entrepreneurship pedagogy.
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Chapter 3: Advancing entrepreneurship as practice: previous developments and future possibilities

Neil Aaron Thompson and Orla Byrne

Abstract

This book chapter provides a two-part introduction into the emerging scholarly domain of Entrepreneurship as Practice (EaP). In the first part, we review the three commonalities of practice-based theories and existing practice-based entrepreneurship research in order to clearly delineate an EaP research program. The second part begins by further illustrating the utility of practice theories for entrepreneurship through an example of business registration practice. Subsequently, we introduce a methodological map to guide researchers through the process of conducting empirical EaP studies. Taken together, these two parts demonstrate that adopting practice theories allows entrepreneurship scholars to ask and answer new research questions.

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