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Psicothema, 2011. Vol. Vol. 23 (nº 3). 424-426




Entrepreneurship: Introduction

José C. Sánchez

Universidad de Salamanca

Many investigators from diverse perspectives focus their studies on the area of entrepreneurship due to its important role as an engine of economic and social development. The aim of this monograph is to provide an overview of the state of entrepreneurship research. It presents the controversy about the domain of the study and whether entrepreneurship can be considered a legitimate field of knowledge. We study the aspects that differentiate people who are entrepreneurs from those who are not from the perspective of cognitive psychology and we discuss the role of entrepreneurial education. The work is also an attempt to understand the factors that determine the durability of a company such as resources, location, personality traits, strategies, organizational systems, etc. Lastly, we examine the reality of entrepreneurship research in Spain.

Emprendimiento: introducción. El área del emprendimiento está siendo el centro de estudio de diversos investigadores provenientes de diferentes perspectivas debido a su importante papel como motor de desarrollo económico y social. El objetivo de este monográfico es ofrecer una visión global del estado de la investigación sobre emprendimiento. Se plantea la controversia existente sobre el dominio de estudio del emprendimiento y sobre si puede considerarse un campo de conocimiento legítimo. Se pretenden comprender aquellos aspectos que marcan la diferencia entre personas que son emprendedoras y aquellas que no lo son desde la perspectiva de la psicología cognitiva y se analiza el papel de la educación en el contexto del emprendimiento. También se busca conocer los factores que determinan la durabilidad de una empresa, como los recursos, localización, rasgos de personalidad, estrategias, sistemas organizacionales, etc. Finalmente, se analiza la realidad de la investigación emprendedora en España.

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