Dysfunctional Diversity: Entrepreneurial Learning in Cognitively Heterogeneous Teams

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Abstract

This study explores how cognitive heterogeneity at the team level-i.e., the degree to which team members adhere to conflicting cognitive frames-impacts entrepreneurial learning behavior. We analyze learning processes in a new-venture team over three time-periods, leveraging rich data from 20 interviews, 990 emails, and 62 internal documents. We find that during time-periods when the team encompassed individuals with a heterogeneous set of cognitive frames, learning was self-reinforcing. During other time-periods, when the team was cognitively homogenous, learning was explorative. We detail the social-psychological mechanisms underlying these findings and present a process model of entrepreneurial learning during each period.

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  • Business Administration

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  • entrepreneurial learning, cognitive heterogeneity, faultlines, attribution
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
EventRENT Conference 2017: Relevance in Entrepreneurship Research - AF Borgen, Lund, Sweden
Duration: 2017 Nov 162017 Nov 17
Conference number: 31
http://www.rent-research.org/rent-xxxi

Conference

ConferenceRENT Conference 2017
Abbreviated titleRENT 2017
CountrySweden
CityLund
Period2017/11/162017/11/17
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