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I think therefore I learn? Entrepreneurial cognition, learning and knowing in practice

Cope, Jason and Down, Simon (2010) I think therefore I learn? Entrepreneurial cognition, learning and knowing in practice. Working paper. University of Strathclyde.

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Abstract

In observing recent theoretical developments in the field, it is apparent that two distinctive yet relatively separate areas of study have emerged—entrepreneurial cognition and entrepreneurial learning. This conceptual paper aims to create some measure of reconciliation between these two perspectives to provide a more robust and multidisciplinary conceptual platform for understanding the entrepreneur. We augment an appreciation of the social dimensions of the learning process by which entrepreneurs cognitively acquire and transform knowledge. Through the application of influential practice-based theorizing we offer an integrative organizing framework that places participation at the heart of entrepreneurial practice, knowledge and identity.