Understanding relational qualities of entrepreneurial learning: towards a multi-layered approach

Karatas-Ozkan, Mine (2011) Understanding relational qualities of entrepreneurial learning: towards a multi-layered approach. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 23, (9-10), 877-906. (doi:10.1080/08985626.2011.577817).


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The aim of this paper is to present a multi-layered relational framework of entrepreneurial learning by embedding the conceptual tools of a continental thinker, Pierre Bourdieu, in a social constructionist paradigmatic approach. Through a longitudinal study based on participant observation and in-depth qualitative interviews, entrepreneurial learning processes of five nascent entrepreneurs who have formed a venture team have been examined as a case study. Relational qualities of entrepreneurial learning can be illuminated by exploring dispositions and different forms of capital that nascent entrepreneurs hold at the micro-individual level, which are inextricably linked to the meso-relational level of developing an entrepreneurial habitus as they navigate through the process of business venturing. Such a multi-layered conceptualisation of entrepreneurial learning transcends individual-, team-, firm- and network-level analyses of the subject by generating insights from both micro- and meso-layers.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/08985626.2011.577817
ISSNs: 0898-5626 (print)
1464-5114 (electronic)
Keywords: entrepreneurial learning, nascent entrepreneur, venture team, Bourdieu, social constructionism, relational approach
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Management
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ePrint ID: 80454
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
9 August 2011Published
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:17
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/80454

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