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Title: How does an old firm learn new tricks? : A material account of entrepreneurial opportunity
Authors: Roscoe, Philip John
Discua-Cruz, Allan
Howorth, Carole
Keywords: Entrepreneur
Opportunity
Honduras
Family business
Latour
Actor network
HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Issue Date: 2013
Citation: Roscoe , P J , Discua-Cruz , A & Howorth , C 2013 , ' How does an old firm learn new tricks? : A material account of entrepreneurial opportunity ' Business History , vol 55 , no. 1 , pp. 53-72 .
Abstract: Opportunity has become the central concept in entrepreneurship. Discovery focused accounts assume opportunity to be objective and to exist independently of the entrepreneur. Process-focused studies critique such notions. We contribute to process-based conceptions of entrepreneurship with an account of opportunity as historically specific and materially embedded. Drawing on Latour we argue that opportunities are constituted through dense material networks. We argue that opportunity and entrepreneurship are mutually constitutive, and emphasise that the entrepreneur shares agency with a heterogeneous array of ‘actants’ in the network of opportunity. We make use of this framework in a historical analysis of a large family agribusiness in Honduras, illustrating the historically dependent nature of entrepreneurial process and the role that the material plays in it.
Version: Preprint
Status: Peer reviewed
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10023/3049
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2012.687540
ISSN: 0007-6791
Type: Journal article
Rights: This is a preprint of an article submitted to Business History © 2012 copyright Taylor & Francis; Business History is available online at www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00076791.2012.687540
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