Nascent Entrepreneurship and Learning

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'This work by Karatap-Ozkan and Chell provides fresh insights on entrepreneurial learning and the entrepreneurship process. Employing a well-informed social constructivist perspective, it combines theory with a richly grounded empirical analysis at three distinct but inter-related levels; the micro, the mesa, all set in the macro context of the enterprise culture. A strength of the work is the multiple levels of analysis which sheds new light on entrepreneurial learning as part of the entrepreneurial process. The result is a processual view that captures, conceptualises and explains the transitive process of becoming an entrepreneur.'ŻAlistair R. Anderson, The Robert Gordon University, UK

'In this book Karatap-Ozkan and Chell show great clarity in dealing with a range of complex issues. They articulate these in a manner which makes them interesting and comprehensible and in a fashion which impressively interweaves theory, practice and method.'ŻSarah L. Jack, Lancaster University, UK

This informative book examines the process of nascent entrepreneurship from a learning perspective. It offers a multi-layered framework of nascent entrepreneurship through an inter-disciplinary approach and sound application of Bourdieu's conceptual tools and also by generating practical insights for nascent entrepreneurs, enterprise educators and mentors.

Supported by an empirical investigation of two case studies, the authors argue that it is not sufficient to study nascent entrepreneurship and the concurrent process of entrepreneurial learning at just the individual (entrepreneur) or collective (team or organisational) level and examine the socio-behavioural aspects of learning; but that entrepreneurial learning should be understood by inter-relating personal (micro), relational (meso) and macro-contextual aspects of nascent entrepreneurship. The comprehensive coverage of entrepreneurship theory and research will be of significant value for scholars, researchers and students in the field.

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About the author (2010)

Mine Karataş-÷zkan, Professor in Strategy and Entrepreneurship, University of Southampton, UK and Elizabeth Chell, Professor of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research Consultant, Small Business Research Centre, Kingston Business School, Kingston University, UK

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