Mohamed Yacine Haddoud, Guest Editor, Plymouth Business School, United Kingdom.
Witold Nowiński, Guest Editor, WSB University in Poznan, Institute of Management, Poland.
Aleksandra Wąsowska, Guest Editor, University of Warsaw, Faculty of Management, Poland
A recent review of entrepreneurship literature considered cognitions and emotions as the hottest topics (Chandra, 2018). Research has also shown that both cognitive and emotional processes are important in explaining how entrepreneurs perceive opportunities, evaluate them and ultimately act upon these opportunities (Shepherd et al., 2015). While a considerable number of studies have already been conducted in respect of the cognitive aspects of entrepreneurial actions and somewhat fewer in respect of emotional ones, we believe that there is plenty of room for further research.
Some recent papers show the possible directions of research on cognitions and entrepreneurship. For instance, Foo (2011) suggested a focus on the link between emotions, cognitions and entrepreneurial behavior. Shepherd (2015) proposed to study the recursive relationship between emotions and cognition, and its implications for entrepreneurial behavior. Similarly, Cardon et al. (2012) raised the need to study the link between emotions and entrepreneurial teams and their relationships with stakeholders, whereas Nabi et al. (2017) recommend an investigation into the link between emotions/cognition and entrepreneurship education. Following the notion that entrepreneurship is typically a group experience, Cardon et al. (2017) offered a construct of ‘team entrepreneurial passion’, and called for further research on collective emotions and their individual and team level outcomes. Lastly, Chandra (2018) called for further research looking at entrepreneurial cognitions from diverse perspectives which involve not only cross-cultural differences but also spiritual or normative values.
Against this background, it becomes clear that the topic of emotions and cognitions offers many new avenues for research. Acknowledging these numerous research opportunities, we would like to invite submissions which deal with cognition and emotions in different phases of entrepreneurial activity, from the phase of entrepreneurial intentions up to the phase of exit or succession - papers that will study these processes in different contexts and will look at them from diverse perspectives. We would particularly like to welcome contributions from less-developed countries, which have thus far been understudied in respect of cognitions and emotions issues.
All methodological approaches are welcome, including qualitative, quantitative and experimental. Both empirical and review papers are welcome although, irrespective of the approach, we look for papers that make a clear contribution to the field and show future research directions.
- Cardon, M.S., Foo, M., Shepherd, D., & Wiklund, J. (2012). Exploring the heart: Entrepreneurial emotion is a hot topic. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 36, 1-10. doi:10.1111/j.1540-6520.2011.00501.x
- Cardon, M.S., Zietsma, C., Saparito, P., Matherne, B., & Davis, C. (2005). A tale of passion: New insights into entrepreneurship from a parenthood metaphor. Journal of Business Venturing, 20(1), 23–45.
- Chandra, Y. (2018). Mapping the evolution of entrepreneurship as a field of research (1990–2013): A scientometric analysis. PLoS ONE, 13(1), e0190228. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0190228Cardon(2005)
- Foo, M. (2011). Emotions and entrepreneurial opportunity evaluation. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 35, 375-393. doi:10.1111/j.1540-6520.2009.00357.x
- Grégoire, D. A., Corbett, A. C., & McMullen, J.S. (2011). The cognitive perspective in entrepreneurship: An agenda for future research. Journal of Management Studies, 48, 1443-1477. doi:10.1111/j.1467-6486.2010.00922.x
- Nabi, G., Liñán, F., Fayolle, A., Krueger, N., & Walmsley, A. (2017). The impact of entrepreneurship education in higher education: A systematic review and research agenda. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 16(2), 277-299.
- Shepherd, D.A. (2015). Party on! A call for entrepreneurship research that is more interactive, activity based, cognitively hot, compassionate, and prosocial. Journal of Business Venturing, 30(4), 489–507,
- Shepherd, D.A., Williams, T.A., & Patzelt, H. (2015). Thinking about entrepreneurial decision making: Review and research agenda, Journal of Management, 41(1), 11 - 46, https://doi.org/10.1177/0149206314541153