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Titre :  Entrepreneurial representations: an emerging field of study
Numéro :  32
Année :  2008
Volume :  XIV
Auteur(s) :  Louis Jacques FILION
Résumé :  This editorial chapter introduces “entrepreneurial representations” as an emerging field that has the potential to make a significant contribution to the design of entrepreneurship theory. The chapter is divided into three sections. The author begins by suggesting that the study of representations offers a new and different standpoint from which to examine and understand the entrepreneurial act, based on a better knowledge of the preceding thought process. In addition, given that entrepreneurship is a field in which the actor’s actions can best be understood by first understanding his or her subjectivity, representations can clearly play a role at this level too. The author shows that, although the approaches and methodologies used for research into representations have their own set of vocabulary and their own structure, the way in which they are applied is culturally fairly similar. The second section of the chapter proposes some avenues for research into entrepreneurial representations, along with some specific topics to be explored. Many of these topics will be useful in understanding the representations entrepreneurial actors have of themselves, of the people around them and of their context. The classic subject of opportunity identification is also addressed. However, some lesser-known notions from the field of entrepreneurship, such as self-awareness and self-space, are also highlighted as a means of explaining the learning and other elements leading up to entrepreneurial activity. The third and final section of the chapter emphasizes the importance of action in the entrepreneurial dynamic, and the fact that entrepreneurial thinking is different because it focuses on a future action. The chapter ends by showing how important it is to select research methodologies that are consistent with the research objectives and highlighting the need for new approaches and methodologies for research into representations.
Pages :  11 - 43
Type :  Research paper
Keywords :  cognitive represenations, entrepreneurial representations, entrepreneurship, emerging science, entrepreneurial process, entrepreneurial opportunities, entrepreneurial act, self-space, vision, resilience, metanoia, systemic approach
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