Framing the entrepreneurial experience

Michael H. Morris, Donald F. Kuratko, Minet Schindehutte, April J. Spivack

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Building on affective events theory (AET), an experiential perspective for conceptualizing entrepreneurship is introduced. As a "lived experience," entrepreneurship represents a cumulative series of interdependent events that takes on properties rooted in affect and emotion. Unique characteristics of entrepreneurial experiences are examined. The entrepreneur is presented as actor in an unscripted temporal performance who continually encounters novelty. A model and set of propositions are presented linking pre-venture experience, key events, experiential processing, learning, affective outcomes, and decision making. It is argued that the entrepreneur and venture emerge as a function of ongoing experience, with the venture creating the entrepreneur as the entrepreneur creates the venture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-40
Number of pages30
JournalEntrepreneurship: Theory and Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Economics and Econometrics


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