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 13: Socially situated entrepreneurial cognition: promising linkage and directions in studying entrepreneurial behavior, practice and process

Hamid Vahidnia, Ronald K. Mitchell, J. Robert Mitchell and H. Shawna Chen


In this chapter our aim is two-fold. First, we make a case that there exist many commonalities between the major themes and assumptions of practice theories and those of socially situated cognition theories where human thinking and doing, in general, and entrepreneurial thinking and doing, in particular, is concerned. Second, once we establish these commonalities, we offer a few key insights from socially situated cognition theory that, in our view, can provide fruitful future directions to further our understanding of practice-based explanations for entrepreneurial thinking and doing.

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