Architecture of Entrepreneurial Learning: Exploring the Link Among Heuristics, Knowledge, and Action

26 Pages Posted: 2 Jan 2009

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Tim R. Holcomb

Miami University - Farmer School of Business

R. Duane Ireland

Texas A&M University - Department of Management

R. Michael Holmes Jr.

Florida State University

Michael A. Hitt

Texas A&M University - Department of Management; Texas Christian University

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Abstract

We extend existing theories of entrepreneurial learning and highlight the effects of heuristics under two different learning contexts: experiential learning and vicarious learning. Specifically, we argue that heuristics are consequential in explaining variations in learning. In some cases, heuristics can be highly adaptive and beneficial to the accumulation of knowledge. In others, they can distort judgments and bias learning. By considering linkages among heuristics, knowledge, and action, we seek to provide a more complete model of entrepreneurial learning that allows for examination of the influence of judgments on learning and to expose conditions that can benefit or limit effective action in an entrepreneurial setting.

Suggested Citation

Holcomb, Tim R. and Ireland, R. Duane and Holmes Jr., R. Michael and Hitt, Michael A., Architecture of Entrepreneurial Learning: Exploring the Link Among Heuristics, Knowledge, and Action. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Vol. 33, Issue 1, pp. 167-192, January 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1321539 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-6520.2008.00285.x

Tim R. Holcomb (Contact Author)

Miami University - Farmer School of Business ( email )

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R. Duane Ireland

Texas A&M University - Department of Management ( email )

430 Wehner
College Station, TX 77843-4218
United States

R. Michael Holmes Jr.

Florida State University

Tallahasse, FL 32306
United States

Michael A. Hitt

Texas A&M University - Department of Management ( email )

430 Wehner
College Station, TX 77843-4218
United States
979-458-3393 (Phone)

Texas Christian University ( email )

Fort Worth, TX 76129
United States

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