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What Do Entrepreneurs Actually Do? : An Observational Study of Entrepreneurs' Everyday Behavior in the Start-Up and Growth Stages

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abstract In this study, we used the sociological method of structured observation to investigate the everyday behavior of six entrepreneurs in the start-up stage and six entrepreneurs in the growth stage. Our results suggest the existence of both commonalities and differences between these two stages with regard to activities, functions, exploration vs. exploitation, and communication. Building on these detailed observations, we develop a taxonomy specifying the constitutive elements of entrepreneurs' behavior on a continuum that spans from single, discrete actions of entrepreneurs to actions concerning the broader organization.
   
type journal paper
   
keywords Entrepreneurship, the entrepreneur's job, exploration / expoitation
   
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 9-2012
journal Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
publisher Wiley, Blackwell Publishing Inc (Malden)
ISSN 1042-2587
ISSN (online) 1540-6520
DOI 10.1111/j.1540-6520.2012.00538.x
volume of journal 36
number of issue 05/2012
page(s) 995-1017
review double-blind review
   
citation Mueller, S., Volery, T., & Vonsiemens, B. (2012). What Do Entrepreneurs Actually Do?: An Observational Study of Entrepreneurs' Everyday Behavior in the Start-Up and Growth Stages. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 36(05/2012), 995-1017, DOI:10.1111/j.1540-6520.2012.00538.x.