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Framing the Entrepreneurial Experience

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  • Michael H. Morris,

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    1. Oklahoma State University
      Michael H. Morris, tel.: (405) 744-5357; e-mail: mhm@okstate.edu, to Donald F. Kuratko at dkuratko@indiana.edu, and to Minet Schindehutte at mschinde@syr.edu.
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  • Donald F. Kuratko,

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    1. Kelley School of Business, Indiana University-Bloomington
      Michael H. Morris, tel.: (405) 744-5357; e-mail: mhm@okstate.edu, to Donald F. Kuratko at dkuratko@indiana.edu, and to Minet Schindehutte at mschinde@syr.edu.
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  • Minet Schindehutte,

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    1. Department of Entrepreneurship & Emerging Enterprises, Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University
      Michael H. Morris, tel.: (405) 744-5357; e-mail: mhm@okstate.edu, to Donald F. Kuratko at dkuratko@indiana.edu, and to Minet Schindehutte at mschinde@syr.edu.
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  • April J. Spivack

    1. University of North Carolina at Charlotte
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  • Corrections added on 18 October 2011 after initial online publication on 3 July 2011: a fourth author, April J. Spivack, was added. Also, a citation to Murdoch, Schindehutte, & Morris (2007) was added to the reference list.

Michael H. Morris, tel.: (405) 744-5357; e-mail: mhm@okstate.edu, to Donald F. Kuratko at dkuratko@indiana.edu, and to Minet Schindehutte at mschinde@syr.edu.

Abstract

Building on affective events theory (AET), an experiential perspective for conceptualizing entrepreneurship is introduced. As a “lived experience,” entrepreneurship represents a cumulative series of interdependent events that takes on properties rooted in affect and emotion. Unique characteristics of entrepreneurial experiences are examined. The entrepreneur is presented as actor in an unscripted temporal performance who continually encounters novelty. A model and set of propositions are presented linking pre-venture experience, key events, experiential processing, learning, affective outcomes, and decision making. It is argued that the entrepreneur and venture emerge as a function of ongoing experience, with the venture creating the entrepreneur as the entrepreneur creates the venture.

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