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The constructivist view of entrepreneurial opportunities: a critical analysis

The constructivist view of entrepreneurial opportunities: a critical analysis
The constructivist view of entrepreneurial opportunities: a critical analysis
The notion that opportunities exist objectively “out there” has been repeatedly assaulted by scholars who counter that opportunities are subjectively constructed or created. This paper intends to restore the balance by bringing the critical strands of inquiry themselves under critical scrutiny. Beyond the formulation of some original lines of critique and the drawing of attention to some foundational yet insufficiently studied issues, this article further contributes the following: (1) it juxtaposes a taxonomical ordering of constructivist approaches; (2) it identifies angles of complementarity and contradiction with the objectivist perspective; and (3) it brings subtle conceptual distinctions into prominence.
entrepreneurial opportunities, austrian economics, philosophy of the social sciences, constructivist ontology, conceptual analysis B52 B25 L26 B53
71-78
Ramoglou, Stratos
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Ramoglou, Stratos
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Ramoglou, Stratos and Zyglidopoulos, Stelios (2015) The constructivist view of entrepreneurial opportunities: a critical analysis. Small Business Economics, 44 (1), 71-78. (doi:10.1007/s11187-014-9590-4).

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The notion that opportunities exist objectively “out there” has been repeatedly assaulted by scholars who counter that opportunities are subjectively constructed or created. This paper intends to restore the balance by bringing the critical strands of inquiry themselves under critical scrutiny. Beyond the formulation of some original lines of critique and the drawing of attention to some foundational yet insufficiently studied issues, this article further contributes the following: (1) it juxtaposes a taxonomical ordering of constructivist approaches; (2) it identifies angles of complementarity and contradiction with the objectivist perspective; and (3) it brings subtle conceptual distinctions into prominence.

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Accepted/In Press date: 20 May 2014
e-pub ahead of print date: 19 June 2014
Published date: 1 January 2015
Keywords: entrepreneurial opportunities, austrian economics, philosophy of the social sciences, constructivist ontology, conceptual analysis B52 B25 L26 B53
Organisations: Centre for Innovation & Enterprise

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Local EPrints ID: 364744
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/364744
PURE UUID: 3990d0d8-b6e7-4185-8c18-6b8d45991113
ORCID for Stratos Ramoglou: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5134-5525

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Date deposited: 15 May 2014 08:06
Last modified: 17 Dec 2019 01:36

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Author: Stelios Zyglidopoulos

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