From Rational to Creative Action: Recasting Our Theories of Entrepreneurship

26 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2003

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Laura Dunham

University of St. Thomas

S. Venkataraman

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Date Written: 2002

Abstract

In this paper, we propose that we will not be able to develop compelling explanations of entrepreneurial activity until we make a fundamental adjustment to our underlying assumptions of human action, replacing our reliance upon a rational actor model of human behavior with a model that accommodates actors' abilities to act creatively. By developing and deploying a model of creative action, we can open up new avenues of fruitful inquiry for scholars of entrepreneurship.

Suggested Citation

Dunham, Laura and Venkatarman, Sankaran, From Rational to Creative Action: Recasting Our Theories of Entrepreneurship (2002). Darden Business School Working Paper No. 02-06. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=392421 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.392421

Laura Dunham (Contact Author)

University of St. Thomas ( email )

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Sankaran Venkatarman

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

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Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States
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