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Teorie podnikatelského objevování
[Theory of entrepreneurial discovery]


  • Tomáš Otáhal


The aim of the paper is to introduce Kirzner's theory of entrepreneurial discovery as a complement and an alternative to the mainstream theory. In the first and the second sections, the author explains the main influences of Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich August von Hayek's works on entrepreneurial theory. Section three analyzes pure entrepreneurial profit and logical construction of theory as a complement to mainstream theory. To introduce the entrepreneurial market process as an alternative to mainstream theory, the fourth section begins by explaining Kirzner's approach to the critique of the possibilities for economic calculation in the system of public ownership of the means of production and his theory of monopoly. The last section is a conclusion.

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  • Tomáš Otáhal, 2008. "Teorie podnikatelského objevování
    [Theory of entrepreneurial discovery]
    ," Politická ekonomie, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2008(5), pages 669-683.
  • Handle: RePEc:prg:jnlpol:v:2008:y:2008:i:5:id:658:p:669-683

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    knowledge; equilibrium; entrepreneur; discovery; Action; alertness; competition process;

    JEL classification:

    • D8 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty
    • L26 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Entrepreneurship
    • P11 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Planning, Coordination, and Reform


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