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Theories of Entrepreneurship: Alternative Assumptions and the Study of Entrepreneurial Action


  • Alvarez, Sharon A.


The field of entrepreneurship continues to struggle with the development of a modern theory of entrepreneurship. In the past 20 years development of the current theories of entrepreneurship have centered on either opportunity recognition or the individual entrepreneur. At the same time many theoretical insights have come from economics including a rediscovery of the work of Schumpeter. However, because there is a lack of clarity about the theoretical assumptions that entrepreneurship scholars use in their work, assumptions from both individual opportunity recognition and economics have been used as if they are interchangeable. This lack of theoretical distinction has hampered theory development in the field of entrepreneurship.

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  • Alvarez, Sharon A., 2005. "Theories of Entrepreneurship: Alternative Assumptions and the Study of Entrepreneurial Action," Foundations and Trends(R) in Entrepreneurship, now publishers, vol. 1(3), pages 105-148, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:now:fntent:0300000003

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