The eclipse and new dawn of individual differences research (Charting a path forward)

David Townsend, J Robert Mitchell, Ronald Mitchell, Lowell Busenitz

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Abstract

ABSTRACT Individual differences research in entrepreneurship theory has enjoyed a remarkable renaissance over the past few decades. Times have not always been so good. In this chapter, I discuss the factors that led to the initial demise of the individual differences perspective in the traits literature, and how, in the wreckage of this literature, lay the seeds for the revival of the individual differences perspective in the entrepreneur cognition literature. However, despite the remarkable revitalization of the individual differences perspective in the entrepreneurship literature, I highlight several fault lines in prevailing theoretical logics that conspire to once again undermine the contribution of the individual differences perspective to entrepreneurship theory. To address these challenges, I propose that a closer link between emerging theory on entrepreneurial agency with the individual differences literature marks the next stage on the conceptual evolution of individual-lev
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe eclipse and new dawn of individual differences research (Charting a path forward)
PublisherRoutledge
Pages89-101
StatePublished - 2015

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