The central question in entrepreneurial cognition research 2007

Ronald K. Mitchell, Lowell W. Busenitz, Barbara Bird, Connie Marie Gaglio, Jeffery S. McMullen, Eric A. Morse, J. Brock Smith

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In this article, we take note of advances in the entrepreneurial cognition research stream. In doing so, we bring increasing attention to the usefulness of entrepreneurial cognition research. First, we offer and develop a central research question to further enable entrepreneurial cognition inquiry. Second, we present the conceptual background and some representative approaches to entrepreneurial cognition research that form the context for this question. Third, we introduce the articles in this Special Issue as framed by the central question and approaches to entrepreneurial cognition research, and suggest how they further contribute to this developing stream. Finally, we offer our views concerning the challenges and opportunities that await the next generation of entrepreneurial cognition scholarship. We therefore invite (and seek to enable) the growing community of entrepreneurship researchers from across multiple disciplines to further develop the "thinking-doing" link in entrepreneurship research. It is our goal to offer colleagues an effective research staging point from which they may embark upon many additional research expeditions and investigations involving entrepreneurial cognition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-27
Number of pages27
JournalEntrepreneurship: Theory and Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2007


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