Research Handbook on Entrepreneurial Opportunities
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Research Handbook on Entrepreneurial Opportunities

Reopening the Debate

Edited by Catherine Léger-Jarniou and Silke Tegtmeier

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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Chapter 7: A shaped fate: interpreting opportunity through an actor network lens

Thomas P. Kenworthy and Mike Chiasson

Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to explore a shaped fates perspective of entrepreneurial activity. The perspective, informed by actor network theory (ANT), overcomes the historical and artificial separation of agent and structure. In order to provide insight into the potential of a shaped fates approach, three different accounts of a new venture opportunity are provided and analyzed, the result of which is a realization that the ANT account offers novel and productive insights about entrepreneurial opportunities that cannot be obtained via the received perspectives. Thus we propose a shaped fates research direction and suggest implications for researchers and practitioners.

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