Debates in Entrepreneurship: Opportunity Formation and Implications for the Field of Entrepreneurship

  • Sharon A. Alvarez
  • Jay B. Barney
  • Susan L. Young
Part of the International Handbook Series on Entrepreneurship book series (IHSE, volume 5)


The field of entrepreneurship has struggled since the 1970 s to define itself as a field and gain legitimacy as a valid academic area of research (Cooper, 2003). Much of the work in entrepreneurship was either theoretical or used the phenomena as a context in which to observe other theories (Alvarez & Barney, 2008). This led to a “land grab” mentality—almost a rapaciousness—regarding entrepreneurship research among many of the established disciplines—economics, sociology, organization behavior, strategy, organization theory—looking for something new to study.


Organizational Form Constructionist Approach Enactment Process Entrepreneurial Opportunity Constructionist Perspective 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sharon A. Alvarez
    • 1
  • Jay B. Barney
    • 2
  • Susan L. Young
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ManagementFisher College of BusinessColumbusUSA
  2. 2.Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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