Cope, Jason (2011) Entrepreneurial learning from failure : an interpretative phenomenological analysis. Journal of Business Venturing, 26 (6). 604–623.
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This paper develops a deeper conceptualisation of venture failure from a learning perspective. Moving beyond the causes of failure, I seek to develop a richer picture of the impact and outcomes of failure and the learning processes by which entrepreneurs actively grieve for, and recover from, the loss of a business. Based on interpretative phenomenological research with eight entrepreneurs, this paper adds valuable empirical weight to extant conceptual discussions of failure. Marrying emergent literature on entrepreneurial learning with theories of failure, I propose distinctive higher-level learning processes triggered by failure that prove fundamental in personal and business terms. These learning outcomes provide entrepreneurs with invaluable insights into the 'pressure points' of the entrepreneurial process, significantly augmenting levels of entrepreneurial preparedness for future enterprising activity.
|Keywords:||entrepreneurial learning, venture failure, grief recovery, phenomenological, action learning, Commerce, Business and International Management, Management of Technology and Innovation|
|Subjects:||Social Sciences > Commerce|
|Department:||Strathclyde Business School > Hunter Centre For Entrepreneurship|
|Depositing user:||Miss Carol Ann Balloch|
|Date Deposited:||12 Oct 2010 08:13|
|Last modified:||26 Aug 2016 02:21|