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Entrepreneurial Cognition

Exploring the Mindset of Entrepreneurs

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Addresses fundamental questions to explain the how and why of entrepreneurship

  • Focused on the mind of the individual in the extremes of entrepreneurial contexts

  • Provides a comprehensive understanding of what motivates entrepreneurs to discover, exploit, and persist with the pursuit of potential opportunities

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    • Dean A. Shepherd, Holger Patzelt
    Pages 1-5Open Access
  3. Prior Knowledge and Entrepreneurial Cognition

    • Dean A. Shepherd, Holger Patzelt
    Pages 7-49Open Access
  4. Motivation and Entrepreneurial Cognition

    • Dean A. Shepherd, Holger Patzelt
    Pages 51-103Open Access
  5. Attention and Entrepreneurial Cognition

    • Dean A. Shepherd, Holger Patzelt
    Pages 105-135Open Access
  6. Entrepreneurial Identity

    • Dean A. Shepherd, Holger Patzelt
    Pages 137-200Open Access
  7. Emotion and Entrepreneurial Cognition

    • Dean A. Shepherd, Holger Patzelt
    Pages 201-258Open Access
  8. Conclusion

    • Dean A. Shepherd, Holger Patzelt
    Pages 259-276Open 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. 

Keywords

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

Reviews

“The book is a useful resource for researchers interested in understanding the cognition of entrepreneurs. Doctoral students and newcomers will find the book especially helpful to quickly acquaint themselves with what has been already done in the entrepreneurial cognition research and future possibilities in this field of inquiry.” (Swati Oberoi, International Small Business Journal ISBJ, September 21, 2020)

Authors and Affiliations

  • University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, USA

    Dean A. Shepherd

  • Technical University Munich, München, Germany

    Holger Patzelt

About the authors

Dean A. Shepherd is the Ray and Milann Siegfried Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Mendoza College of Business, Notre Dame University, USA. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Business Venturing and has published over 130 scholarly journal articles and 19 books.

Holger Patzelt is Chair in Entrepreneurship at the School of Management, Technical University of Munich, Germany. His research interests include entrepreneurial cognition and economic, emotional and psychological consequences of failure.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Entrepreneurial Cognition

  • Book Subtitle: Exploring the Mindset of Entrepreneurs

  • Authors: Dean A. Shepherd, Holger Patzelt

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71782-1

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Business and Management, Business and Management (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-71781-4

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-89104-0

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-71782-1

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIII, 281

  • Number of Illustrations: 4 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Entrepreneurship, Cognitive Psychology, Employee Health and Wellbeing

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 34.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 31.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)