Research Handbook on Entrepreneurial Opportunities
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Research Handbook on Entrepreneurial Opportunities

Reopening the Debate

9781783475438 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Catherine Léger-Jarniou, Professor Emeritus, Université Paris-Dauphine PSL Research University, Paris, France and Silke Tegtmeier, Associate Professor, University of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg, Denmark
Publication Date: 2017 ISBN: 978 1 78347 543 8 Extent: 328 pp
With a wide-ranging set of contributions, this book provides a compilation of cutting-edge original research in the field of entrepreneurial opportunities. The book reopens the subject from diverse perspectives focusing on theories and approaches to entrepreneurial opportunities. The book has been complemented by an outstanding Delphi panel of six leading scholars of the field: Lowell Busenitz, Dimo Dimov, James O. Fiet, Denis Grégoire, Jeff McMullen and Mike Wright. This carefully edited selection of current and topical contributions will be of immense value to students, researchers and scholars interested in the field of entrepreneurial opportunities.

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With a wide-ranging set of contributions, this book provides a compilation of cutting-edge original research in the field of entrepreneurial opportunities. The book reopens the subject from diverse perspectives focusing on theories and approaches to entrepreneurial opportunities. It provides a brief history of the idea of opportunity and a framework of how opportunities develop in space and place.

Further, this Research Handbook looks at process and context-based views on the topic. It also includes the latest research on impact factors, such as individual values on creating entrepreneurial opportunities.

The book has been complemented by an outstanding Delphi panel of six leading scholars of the field: Lowell Busenitz, Dimo Dimov, James O. Fiet, Denis Grégoire, Jeff McMullen and Mike Wright. This carefully edited selection of current and topical contributions will be of immense value to students, researchers and scholars interested in the field of entrepreneurial opportunities.
Critical Acclaim
‘It was with great anticipation that I learned Catherine Léger-Jarniou and Silke Tegtmeier were combining their considerable talents to produce a Research Handbook on Entrepreneurial Opportunities. This is an incredibly important and timely topic in the field of entrepreneurship and they did not disappoint. They have assembled a formidable list of notable thought leaders in the field and skillfully combined and edited chapters each shedding key insights into the often elusive understanding of the nexus of opportunity recognition and new venture creation. . . . The breadth and depth of coverage make this volume a must-add to any entrepreneurship research library.’
– Charles H. Matthews, University of Cincinnati, US

‘This book contains important theoretical, empirical, and methodological discussions on entrepreneurial opportunity. With contributions from leading scholars from around the world, it will have a significant impact on entrepreneurship research.’
– Karl Wennberg, Linköping University, Sweden

‘Leger-Jarniou and Tegtmeier’s bold attempt at bringing together the wisdom of opportunity researchers should offer research scholars with a sound body of knowledge, not always available in such compendiums. It should also trigger creative engagement with the subject and its application in practice among seasoned academics and policymakers. Young academics and early stage doctoral students researching entrepreneurial opportunities will find this book particularly beneficial in understanding the current trends and advancing their research agendas/thought process. Opportunity being a very topical theme in entrepreneurship, this handbook justifies itself by discussing and redefining important theoretical, empirical and methodological contributions.'
– Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Emerging Economies
Contributors
Contributors: C. Albornoz, J.E. Amorós, T. Baker, B. Bjerke, M. Chiasson, J. Gaddefors, W.B. Gartner, A. Haas, T.P. Kenworthy, S. Korsgaard, A. Kurczewska, C. Léger-Jarniou, F. Linán, M. Marchesnay, S.P. Sassmannshausen, F. Sautet, B.T. Teague, S. Tegtmeier, S.J. Vliamos, R.D. Wadhwani














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Contents:

Introduction: Reopening the Debate – a Delphi Panel of the Leading Scholars in Research on Entrepreneurial Opportunities

PART I ENTREPRENEURIAL OPPORTUNITIES – THEORIES AND APPROACHES
1. A Brief History of the Idea of Opportunity
William B. Gartner, Bruce T. Teague, Ted Baker and R. Daniel Wadhwani

2. Starting a Business Venture Rationally or Naturally – Exploiting an Opportunity in Space or Developing a Place
Björn Bjerke and Johan Gaddefors

3. Austrian Market Theory and the Entrepreneurial Function as Opportunity Recognition
Frederic Sautet

PART II THE OPPORTUNITY FORMATION PROCESS
4. Beyond Discovery: Exploring the Field of Entrepreneurship without a Discovery View
Steffen Korsgaard and Sean Patrick Sassmannshausen

5. The Opportunity Development Process of Nascent Entrepreneurs
Silke Tegtmeier and Catherine Léger-Jarniou

PART III ENTREPRENEURIAL OPPORTUNITIES IN DIFFERENT CONTEXTS
6. Understanding the Knowledge - Opportunities - Entrepreneurship Mechanism
Spyros J. Vliamos

7. A Shaped Fate: Interpreting Opportunity through an Actor Network Lens
Thomas P. Kenworth and Mike Chiasson

8. From Information to Opportunity. The Role of Boundary Spanners in Sensing and Seizing Opportunities
Aurore Haas

9. Opportunity: From Semantic Concept to Pragmatic Tool
Michael Marchesney

PART IV IMPACT FACTORS ON OPPORTUNITY FORMATION
10. Why are Some Individuals Willing to Pursue Opportunities and Others Aren’t? The Role of Individual Values
Francisco Linán and Agnieszka Kurczewska

11. The Effect of Entrepreneurship Education on Opportunity Recognition Self-efficacy
Carlos Albornoz and José Ernesto Amorós

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