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How Corporate Entrepreneurs Learn from Fledgling Innovation Initiatives: Cognition and the Development of a Termination Script


Andrew Corbett


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) - Lally School of Management & Technology

Heidi M. Neck


Babson College - Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship

Dawn R. DeTienne


Colorado State University, Fort Collins - College of Business; Utah State University


Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Vol. 31, No. 6, pp. 829-852, November 2007

Abstract:     
Through a parallel examination of literatures on new product development termination and entrepreneurial cognition, this study explores a specific form of human capital development: learning from failure. Specifically we advance the literature on entrepreneurial human capital by linking cognitive scripts used by corporate entrepreneurs in project termination decisions to corresponding levels of learning. Our longitudinal investigation of technology-based firms suggests that corporate entrepreneurs use three types of termination scripts: (1) undisciplined termination, (2) strategic termination, and (3) innovation drift. We illustrate the presence of each script and analyze learning implications during innovation projects (action learning) and after termination (post-performance learning). Based on our analysis we suggest that organizational learning is dependent upon the type of termination script individuals employ.

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Date posted: October 19, 2007  

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Corbett, Andrew and Neck, Heidi M. and DeTienne, Dawn R., How Corporate Entrepreneurs Learn from Fledgling Innovation Initiatives: Cognition and the Development of a Termination Script. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Vol. 31, No. 6, pp. 829-852, November 2007. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1020432 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-6520.2007.00208.x

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Andrew C. Corbett (Contact Author)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) - Lally School of Management & Technology ( email )
110 8th St
Troy, NY 12180
United States
Heidi M. Neck
Babson College - Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship ( email )
231 Forest Street
Babson Park, MA 02457-0310
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www3.babson.edu/Academics/faculty/hneck.cfm
Dawn R. DeTienne
Colorado State University, Fort Collins - College of Business ( email )
Fort Collins, CO 80523
United States
Utah State University
Logan, UT 84322
United States
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