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The evolution of entrepreneurial learning


Breslin, D and Jones, C, The evolution of entrepreneurial learning, International Journal of Organizational Analysis, 20, (3) pp. 294-308. ISSN 1934-8835 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1108/19348831211243811


The purpose of this paper is to present an evolutionary perspective on entrepreneurial learning, whilst also accounting for fundamental ecological processes, by focusing on the development of key recurring knowledge components within nascent and growing small businesses. The paper relates key developments within the organizational evolution literature to research on entrepreneurial learning, with arguments presented in favour of adopting a multi-level co-evolutionary perspective that captures and explains hidden ecological processes, such as niche-construction. It is argued in the paper that such a multi-level focus on key recurring knowledge components can shed new light on the process of entrepreneurial learning and lead to the cross-fertilization of ideas across different domains of study, by offering researchers the opportunity to use the framework of variation-selection-retention to develop a multi-level representation of organizational and entrepreneurial learning. Entrepreneurial learning viewed in this way, as a multi-level struggle for survival amongst competing knowledge components, can provide entrepreneurs with a set of evolutionary heuristics as they re-interpret their understanding of the evolution of their business.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:ecology, entrepreneurial learning, entrepreneurialism, evolutionary theory, learning, niche construction
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Environmental sociology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in commerce, management, tourism and services
UTAS Author:Jones, C (Dr Colin Jones)
ID Code:79889
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Australian Innovation Research Centre
Deposited On:2012-10-10
Last Modified:2016-10-26
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