Advancing strategic entrepreneurship research: The role of complexity science in shifting the paradigm

Minet Schindehutte, Michael H. Morris

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Abstract

Five areas are identified wherein more development might enhance the current model of strategic entrepreneurship (SE): exploration-exploitation, opportunity, newness, micro-macro interaction, and dynamics. Complexity science is presented as an alternative theoretical lens for addressing these issues, and enhancing the potential of SE in a world characterized by fluctuations, irreversibility, nonlinearity, and instabilities. Using this lens, a rearticulation of SE is proposed that centers on the notion of an opportunity space and a paradigm built around forms, flows, and functions. SE's domain consists of a complex set of phenomena that cannot be neatly bundled according to disciplinary boundaries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-276
Number of pages36
JournalEntrepreneurship: Theory and Practice
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 13 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Economics and Econometrics

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