Do it again!

Recent developments in the study of habitual entrepreneurship and a look to the future

Authored by: Deniz Ucbasaran , Leonie Baldacchino , Andy Lockett

The Routledge Companion to Entrepreneurship

Print publication date:  September  2014
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415631761
eBook ISBN: 9780203096512
Adobe ISBN: 9781136218620

10.4324/9780203096512.ch9

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Abstract

In 1986 Ian MacMillan wrote that ‘to really understand entrepreneurship, let’s study habitual entrepreneurs’ (1986: 241). Why? He argued that habitual entrepreneurs

have had many an opportunity to attempt a business, analyze the attempt, and after several attempts recognize their mistakes and correct them in subsequent ventures – they build an “experience curve” for entrepreneuring. It is by studying the experience-driven skills and techniques that these business generators develop that we will eventually learn the “technology” of entrepreneurship.

(MacMillan 1986: 242)

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