Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Dean A. Shepherd, Holger Patzelt
    Pages 1-5 Open Access
  3. Dean A. Shepherd, Holger Patzelt
    Pages 7-49 Open Access
  4. Dean A. Shepherd, Holger Patzelt
    Pages 51-103 Open Access
  5. Dean A. Shepherd, Holger Patzelt
    Pages 105-135 Open Access
  6. Dean A. Shepherd, Holger Patzelt
    Pages 137-200 Open Access
  7. Dean A. Shepherd, Holger Patzelt
    Pages 201-258 Open Access
  8. Dean A. Shepherd, Holger Patzelt
    Pages 259-276 Open Access
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 277-281

About this book


This open access book investigates the inter-relationship between the mind and a potential opportunity to explore the psychology of entrepreneurship.  Building on recent research, this book offers a broad scope investigation of the different aspects of what goes on in the mind of the (potential) entrepreneur as he or she considers the pursuit of a potential opportunity, the creation of a new organization, and/or the selection of an entrepreneurial career.  This book focuses on individuals as the level of analysis and explores the impact of the organization and the environment only inasmuch as they impact the individual’s cognitions. Readers will learn why some individuals and managers are able to able to identify and successfully act upon opportunities in uncertain environments while others are not. This book applies a cognitive lens to understand individuals’ knowledge, motivation, attention, identity, and emotions in the entrepreneurial process.  


entrepreneurial mindset cognitive processes cognitive psychology prior knowledge exploitation motivation financial motivation non-financial motivation entrepreneurial opportunities self-identity well-being work identity

Authors and affiliations

  • Dean A. Shepherd
    • 1
  • Holger Patzelt
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Notre DameSouth Bend, INUSA
  2. 2.Technical University MunichMünchenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-71781-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-71782-1
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