Reopening the Debate
Edited by Catherine Léger-Jarniou and Silke Tegtmeier
Chapter 4: Beyond discovery: exploring the field of entrepreneurship without a discovery view
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 view 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.
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