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Accidental ventures - A materialist reading of opportunity and entrepreneurial potential
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.).
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Industrial Economics and Management (Div.).
2008 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, E-ISSN 1873-3387, Vol. 24, no 2, 94-102 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Arguably, one of the unspoken philosophical bases of entrepreneurship studies is an unreflected metaphysical idealism, which can be seen in the way in which concepts such as "entrepreneurial potential" have been used in the field. Here, we critique this idealism by presenting a materialist reading of three unlikely entrepreneurial successes, and discuss how theorizing these could be improved by working with notions of arbitrariness, accidents, and "dumb luck". The paper thus forms a philosophical critique of the field, and presents a recontextualization of how entrepreneurial, potential, opportunity discovery, and success can be understood.

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2008. Vol. 24, no 2, 94-102 p.
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entrepreneurship, materialism, arbitrariness, accidents, opportunity, potential, discovery
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-17591DOI: 10.1016/j.scaman.2008.03.001ISI: 000256555700003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-43549088059OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-17591DiVA: diva2:335635
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QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-05 Created: 2010-08-05 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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