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

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T1 - Entrepreneurial learning and innovation

T2 - International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research

AU - El-Awad, Ziad

AU - Gabrielsson, Jonas

AU - Politis, Diamanto

PY - 2017

Y1 - 2017

N2 - PurposeThe 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/approachThe 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.FindingsThe 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/valueBy 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.

AB - PurposeThe 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/approachThe 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.FindingsThe 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/valueBy 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.

KW - Innovation

KW - knowledge

KW - exploration

KW - team learning

KW - entrepreneurial learning

KW - technology-based ventures

KW - innovation

KW - knowledge

KW - exploration

KW - team learning

KW - entrepreneurial learning

KW - technology-based ventures

U2 - 10.1108/IJEBR-06-2016-0177

DO - 10.1108/IJEBR-06-2016-0177

M3 - Article

VL - 23

SP - 381

EP - 405

JO - International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research

JF - International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research

SN - 1758-6534

IS - 3

ER -