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Entrepreneurial learning and innovation: The critical role of team-level learning for the evolution of innovation capabilities in technology-based ventures

Ziad El-Awad (School of Economics and Management, Lund University , Lund, Sweden)
Jonas Gabrielsson (Department of Business Studies, Halmstad University , Halmstad, Sweden)
Diamanto Politis (School of Economics and Management, Lund University , Lund, Sweden) (Department of Innovation Management, Halmstad University , Halmstad, Sweden)

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research

ISSN: 1355-2554

Article publication date: 2 May 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to develop a conceptual model that explains how learning processes at the team level connect with individual and organizational levels of learning in technology-based ventures, thereby influencing the evolution of innovation capabilities in the entrepreneurial process.

Design/methodology/approach

The 4I organizational learning framework is used as an overarching theoretical structure to acknowledge entrepreneurial learning as a dynamic process that operate on multiple levels in technology-based ventures. Embedded in this logic, research on team learning is integrated into this theorizing to examine how learning processes at the team level bridge and connect with learning processes operating at individual and organizational levels.

Findings

The conceptual model identifies different sets of team learning processes critical for the routinization and evolution of innovation capabilities in technology-based ventures. In this respect, the conceptual model advances the scholarly understanding of entrepreneurial learning as a dynamic process operating across multiple levels in technology-based ventures.

Originality/value

By conceptualizing how individual streams of experiences over time become institutionalized via interaction, conversation and dialogue, the paper provides novel insights into the critical role of team learning for bridging individual and organizational levels of learning in the entrepreneurial learning process.

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Acknowledgements

This paper forms part of a special section Entrepreneurial learning dynamics in knowledge intensive enterprises.

Citation

El-Awad, Z., Gabrielsson, J. and Politis, D. (2017), "Entrepreneurial learning and innovation: The critical role of team-level learning for the evolution of innovation capabilities in technology-based ventures", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Vol. 23 No. 3, pp. 381-405. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-06-2016-0177

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