Entrepreneurial behaviour: A research outlook

Maura McAdam*, James A. Cunningham

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Entrepreneurial behaviour is central to understanding how entrepreneurs create, develop, maintain and grow new organisations. Despite the importance of entrepreneurial behaviour as a theoretical construct to understand the process of entrepreneurship, extant research is fragmented and lacks a coherent framework as to how entrepreneurial behaviour is enacted in different contexts. In order to address this, this chapter first defines what is traditionally associated with the term. Building on a conceptualisation of entrepreneurial behaviour as action-oriented and observable, a rationale is then provided as to why an individual, contextual and micro-foundational approach is both timely and pertinent. The chapter concludes with a suggested future research agenda including illustrative research questions in order to advance theoretical development with the entrepreneurial behavioural domain.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEntrepreneurial Behaviour
Subtitle of host publicationIndividual, Contextual and Microfoundational Perspectives
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9783030044022
ISBN (Print)9783030044015
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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