Exploring Diversity in Entrepreneurship

Creativity and Entrepreneurial Performance

A General Scientific Theory

Authors: McMullan, W. Edward, Kenworthy, Thomas P.

  • Develops a new and more accurate scientific theory of entrepreneurial performance based in entrepreneurial creativity
  • Builds on pre-existing, established theory from Economics/Entrepreneurship (Schumpeter) and Psychology/Creativity (Sternberg & Lubart)
  • Reviews related empirical research and provides a predictive model of entrepreneurial outcomes
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About this book

The essential problem in entrepreneurship is improving the performance of entrepreneurs. The most important theories will be the ones that most enable us to predict and then ultimately influence entrepreneurial performance. This book develops a new and more accurate theory of entrepreneurial performance based in entrepreneurial creativity. The field of entrepreneurship has a long tradition of expecting entrepreneurial performance to be influenced by creativity, tracing back even before the pioneering work of Joseph Schumpeter (1883 to 1950), who defined entrepreneurship as creative-destruction—creating the new by supplanting or destroying the old. Subsequently, psychologist Robert Sternberg defined creativity as broadly encompassing creative aspects of personality, motivation, intellect, thinking style and relevant knowledge. Using Sternberg’s definition of creativity, the authors reviewed the evidence directly linking entrepreneurial creativity and entrepreneurial performance, concluding that the linkage is both statistically and practically significant. In order to scientifically tie entrepreneurship to creativity the book pursues a number of major objectives: In parts one and two, the authors remind us of our scientific challenge in the light of the depressing levels of performance typically to be found in the real world of entrepreneurship and explores the limitations of the dominant paradigms driving research in the field of entrepreneurship today. In part three, they bring together existing evidence to demonstrate the predictive and explanatory powers of creativity in relation to entrepreneurship. In part four, they further explore correlations between creativity and entrepreneurial performance at the individual and macro or society, levels. In summary, the book offers a bold predictive theory linking entrepreneurial creativity to entrepreneurial performance, however neither as boldly as a definitional linkage nor as timidly as one in a hundred or so factors potentially explaining entrepreneurial performance. This result is a general scientific theory that offers a serious challenge to entrepreneurial scholars who are pursuing other means for understanding the causality of entrepreneurial performance.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    McMullan, W. Edward (et al.)

    Pages 1-14

  • Entrepreneurial Work Experience

    McMullan, W. Edward (et al.)

    Pages 17-24

  • Small Business Entrepreneurship: Is a Caterpillar a Butterfly?

    McMullan, W. Edward (et al.)

    Pages 27-42

  • The Positivistic Social Science of Entrepreneurship

    McMullan, W. Edward (et al.)

    Pages 43-54

  • Modernizing Schumpeter: Toward a New General Theory of Entrepreneurship

    McMullan, W. Edward (et al.)

    Pages 57-72

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-04726-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-04725-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: August 30, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-35598-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Creativity and Entrepreneurial Performance
Book Subtitle
A General Scientific Theory
Authors
Series Title
Exploring Diversity in Entrepreneurship
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-04726-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-04726-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-04725-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-35598-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 207
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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