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Entrepreneurial learning dynamics in knowledge-intensive enterprises

Giustina Secundo (Department of Innovation Engineering, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy)
Giovanni Schiuma (Department of Mathematics, Informatics and Economics, University of Basilicata, Potenza, Italy)
Giuseppina Passiante (Department of Innovation Engineering, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy)

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research

ISSN: 1355-2554

Article publication date: 2 May 2017




The purpose of this paper is to present an overview of the articles presented in the special issue “Entrepreneurial learning dynamics in knowledge-intensive enterprises.” The special issue is inspired by recent research on entrepreneurial learning dynamics in knowledge-intensive enterprises literature. The aim is to extend and consolidate this emerging research area exploring entrepreneurship as a never-ending dynamic learning process, as well as, to cross-fertilize entrepreneurship and organizational learning studies.


The paper is based on a literature and published document review, experiential reflections and argument.


The paper reveals an integrative framework to highlight the breath of entrepreneurial learning research according to different level of analysis: the context where learning happen, the different typologies of entrepreneurial learning processes, the ontological levels at which learning can occur and the different typologies of entrepreneurial learners. Continuous learning processes allow entrepreneurs to develop and grow, as well as, enable knowledge-intensive enterprises to engage in strategic renewal processes.

Research limitations/implications

Although, entrepreneurial learning research so far has focused on applying existing theories in the entrepreneurial context, more research is needed to broaden the perspective and understanding how entrepreneurial learning can help to face key entrepreneurship’s challenges in different context.


The paper presents an holistic approach of current entrepreneurial learning research and encourages researchers to explore how different learning types come into play in different entrepreneurial contexts (start-up initiatives, strategic renewal in incumbent enterprises, ventures development and growth).



The Guest editors would like to thank the Editor in chief Professor Paul Jones for his continuous and insightful advice in managing this special issue. Moreover, a special thanks to the authors contributing to the special issue for their kind co-operation to meet the revisions and publication deadlines. Finally, The Guest editors are grateful to referees who have carefully reviewed the papers and gave useful suggestions and feedback to the authors.


Secundo, G., Schiuma, G. and Passiante, G. (2017), "Entrepreneurial learning dynamics in knowledge-intensive enterprises", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Vol. 23 No. 3, pp. 366-380.



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