4Social constructionism and entrepreneurial opportunity

Luke Pittaway, Rachida Aïssaoui and Joe Fox

Introduction

The role of imagination and deliberate choices in the creation of future realities through entrepreneurial endeavor is, we contend, a surprisingly under-researched subject (Pittaway & Tunstall, 2016). Approaches that take an explicit ‘voluntaristic’ stance on human behavior and humankind’s ability to influence, mold and build the future in an explicit and deliberate way have not taken central stage in research on entrepreneurship (Grant & Perren, 2002). Studies reviewing underlying philosophies of research in the field of entrepreneurship have shown a number common features that have guided an overwhelming majority of studies (Pittaway, ...

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