Realism in the Study of Entrepreneurship: A Response
Academy of Management Review: 2014, Vol. 39, No. 2, 227-233
5 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2015
Date Written: 2014
An AMR dialogue piece by Ramoglou (2013), “On the Misuse of Realism in the Study of Entrepreneurship,” is a comment on our prior dialogue piece, “Epistemology, Opportunities, and Entrepreneurship: Comments on Venkataraman et al. (2012) and Shane (2012)” (Alvarez & Barney, 2013), as well as two other articles (Alvarez & Barney, 2007, 2010). Ramoglou’s main argument is that we have conflated critical realism with a positivist or materialist position. This is an important point, so we address it first before addressing the core issue — the problems that come from framing opportunities as objective, discoverable objects.
Keywords: Entrepreneurship, Opportunity, Critical Realism, Social Ontology
JEL Classification: M13
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