Toward a Theory of Entrepreneurial Behavior

Bruce T. Teague, Bill Gartner

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The chapter reviews several of the most prominent entrepreneurship frameworks to demonstrate that the entrepreneurship field lacks a theory of entrepreneurial behavior. However, each of these existing frameworks would benefit from, and be complemented by, an entrepreneurial behavioral theory. Drawing from multiple streams of research, the chapter offers a preliminary theory of entrepreneurial behavior. Several propositions are offered and new research opportunities are identified.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Wiley Handbook of Entrepreneurship
EditorsGorkan Ahmetoglu, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Bailey Klinger, Tessa Karcisky
Number of pages24
Place of PublicationHoboken
Publication date2017
ISBN (Print)9781118970836, 9781118970799
ISBN (Electronic)9781118970812, 9781118970720
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Behaviour
  • Entrepreneurial behaviour
  • Entrepreneur
  • Action
  • Process

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