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Observational learning in entrepreneurship: the relevance of social processes

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Publication date01/2015
Host publicationAcademy of Management Proceedings
PublisherAcademy of Management
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This paper generates insight into the social processes of observational learning and how these relate to entrepreneurship. Building on established theoretical frameworks of observational learning, it goes beyond the link between role models, self-efficacy and entrepreneurial intentions to understand how entrepreneurial models are observed within their original social settings. Empirically, it employs a life course qualitative research methodology to collect and interpret observations articulated as relating to the entrepreneurial journey. We extend previous studies by demonstrating how other people part of the same setting and timing of the observation influence the acquisition of entrepreneurial practices through observation.