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Beyond Discovery: Exploring the Field of Entrepreneurship without a Discovery View

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  • Steffen Korsgaard
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  • Sean Patrick Sassmannshausen, Technical University OTH Regensburg, Germany
In this chapter we explore four alternatives to the dominant discovery view of entrepreneurship; the development view, the construction view, the evolutionary view, and the Neo-Austrian view. We outline the main critique points of the discovery presented in these four alternatives, as well as their central concepts and conceptualization of the entrepreneurial function. On this basis we discuss three central themes that cut across the four alternatives: process, uncertainty, and agency. These themes provide new foci for entrepreneurship research and can help to generate new research questions and connect otherwise fragmented empirical findings. Implications for future research and practice are discussed at the end of the chapter.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Handbook on Entrepreneurial Opportunities : Reopening the Debate
EditorsCatherine Léger-Jarniou, Silke Teigtmeier
Number of pages29
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Publication year2017
ISBN (print)978 1 78347 543 8
ISBN (Electronic)978 1 78347 544 5
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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