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Wicked problems, reductive tendency, and the formation of (non-)opportunity beliefs

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  • Gras, David
  • Conger, Michael
  • Jenkins, Anna
  • Gras, Michael

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•The nature of wicked problems affects how beliefs about solving them are formed.•Entrepreneurs are prone to oversimplifying the complex nature of wicked problems.•We introduce “problem uncertainty” as a way to understand (non-)opportunity beliefs.•The reductive tendency makes wicked problems seem easier to solve.•The reductive tendency and its consequences are attenuated by knowledge.

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  • Gras, David & Conger, Michael & Jenkins, Anna & Gras, Michael, 2020. "Wicked problems, reductive tendency, and the formation of (non-)opportunity beliefs," Journal of Business Venturing, Elsevier, vol. 35(3).
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jbvent:v:35:y:2020:i:3:s0883902617305827
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusvent.2019.105966
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