Abstract

At best, many venture start-ups contain accidental actions while theory suggests they are methodically scouted, planned and pursued. Baron & Henry at this conference in 2006, proposed deliberate practice research as an avenue to identify effortful, directed actions of relevance, associated with expert performance of entrepreneurs, similar to those found in successful sportsmen and medical specialists. If deliberate practices bring about expert performance associated with success for these individuals, the following question could be posed: Can such deliberate practices be identified clearly for entrepreneurs? If so, what are they? If deliberate practices can be identified then there would likely be a difference between novice and established entrepreneurs. Past research with regards to deliberate practice has been done in a laboratory setting and thus, should the concept be applicable to entrepreneurs, a range of more volatile external factors are at play. Despite these factors, it is deemed necessary to explore the applicability of the concept to entrepreneurs.

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