Connecting Levels of Analysis in Entrepreneurship Research: A Focus on Information Processing, Asymmetric Knowledge and Networks
NEW MOVEMENTS IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP, C. Steyaert, D. Hjorth, eds., Edward Elgar, 2003
12 Pages Posted: 9 May 2011
Date Written: May 4, 2011
This chapter argues that the information processing perspective can be applied across a broad scope of phenomena of interest in the field of entrepreneurship. Employing this perspective, the very same kinds of relationships exhibited and investigated at one level of analysis may also be exhibited and investigated at other levels. The perspective therefore provides a means to distinguish areas of relatedness and possible reconciliation between seemingly incommensurable paradigms that have been relied upon to examine aspects of the entrepreneurship phenomenon at different levels of analysis. It will be shown that information processing can at the same time accommodate other theoretical perspectives, and thus preserve the power of such perspectives to add insight about aspects of entrepreneurship. Thus the information processing perspective presents the possibility to achieve scope, parsimony and generalizability in the field.
Keywords: entrepreneurship, networks, knowledge, information processing
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