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An Update to the Individual-Opportunity Nexus

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This chapter extends and elaborates the individual-opportunity nexus framework on entrepreneurship. First, the chapter discusses in detail the existence of entrepreneurial opportunities, and the processes of opportunity discovery and exploitation. Second, the chapter describes several typologies of opportunities. Third, the chapter discusses the importance of the locus of opportunity discovery and exploitation.

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  • Social Capital
  • Information Asymmetry
  • Resource Provider
  • Entrepreneurial Opportunity
  • Entrepreneurial Process

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    Social network theories differ from search theories about access to information. In the latter, individuals who gather information search locally for it; whereas, in the former, individuals who build connections to information possessed by individuals with market experience much different than their own are more likely to gather novel information. Therefore, social capital theory implies that local search is of little value for entrepreneurs seeking to discover opportunities for profit that are not yet reflected in market prices.

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A version of portions of this chapter originally appeared in the Journal of Management in 2003 under the title, “Opportunities and Entrepreneurship.” The first author gratefully acknowledges research support that was provided by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s Junior Faculty Fellows program.

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Eckhardt, J.T., Shane, S. (2010). An Update to the Individual-Opportunity Nexus. In: Acs, Z., Audretsch, D. (eds) Handbook of Entrepreneurship Research. International Handbook Series on Entrepreneurship, vol 5. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1191-9_3

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