An Empirical Investigation of the Cognitions of Corporate Entrepreneurs

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Andrew Corbett

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

Heidi M. Neck

Babson College - Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship

Abstract

Studies that examine cognition imply that entrepreneurs think differently than other people: most often these studies have suggested that entrepreneurs think in a way that is distinct from managers in large corporations. Furthermore, patterns found in cognition research suggest that entrepreneurs think the same when considering whether to start a new venture. Our study of innovation-based corporation entrepreneurship initiatives suggest that it is the cognition-environment nexus that is most important, not simply the manner in which entrepreneurs think. Our study indicates that entrepreneurs and managers think alike with respect to identifying opportunities and starting new ventures but organization environments differentiate the manner in which they think as they go to execute these opportunities.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship

JEL Classification: M13

Suggested Citation

Corbett, Andrew C. and Neck, Heidi M., An Empirical Investigation of the Cognitions of Corporate Entrepreneurs. Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) 2006; Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research 2006; Babson College Center for Entrepreneurship Research Paper No. 2009-12. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1331060

Andrew C. Corbett (Contact Author)

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

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Heidi M. Neck

Babson College - Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship ( email )

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Babson Park, MA 02457-0310
United States

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