UT Dallas Professor offers different entrepreneurial opportunities perspective

A UT Dallas professor has offered an alternative view on entrepreneurship opportunities.
A UT Dallas professor has offered an alternative view on entrepreneurship opportunities. | shutterstock
When discussing entrepreneurial opportunities, researchers disagree on whether or not the opportunities are already out there waiting to be discovered, or created by the entrepreneur instead. 

A new study conducted by Dr. Eric Tsang, professor of global strategy in the Naveen Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas, has expressed the possibility that there is a third option in this argument.

“We argue that entrepreneurial opportunities do not really exist objectively like a piece of lost luggage, as proposed by the discovery approach,” Tsang said. “Our argument is that an entrepreneurial opportunity is more like an apple seed. That seed has the potential to grow into an apple tree (i.e., the potential is actualized), but it’s not guaranteed. That potential objectively exists.”

Tsang recently had his paper, which lays out how philosophy can solve practical problems, published by the Academy of Management Review.

“We are proposing that an entrepreneurial opportunity exists objectively, but that does not guarantee that if you identify it and try to exploit it, you’ll turn the opportunity into profits,” Tsang said. “You have to do it right -- and often you have to put in the creative effort to make your product innovative.”

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