Entrepreneurial opportunity discovery and creation as a development process: The impact and influence of networks and social interaction

Anne Mareike Schlinkert & Tilman Altmeppen

Student thesis: Master thesis

Abstract

This Master Thesis is delivered to the Master of Science programme in Business, Language, and Culture at Copenhagen Business School as the final element of the programme. The authors aim at offering a different perspective on entrepreneurial opportunity development: approached through integrating networks, networking, and social interaction. The overarching topics of this thesis are entrepreneurial opportunities and how interaction within an entrepreneurial network and the development process of opportunities influence each other. Through gaining deeper and more sophisticated knowledge of the topic and enriching the knowledge with case studies and thus qualitative data, the researchers are able to unfold a network model of entrepreneurial opportunity development. The thesis thus sets out to answer the following research questions: How does an initial entrepreneurial opportunity develop – from the first discovery until the point where organising the venture starts – through social interaction with the entrepreneurial network? And furthermore, how does the structure of the entrepreneurial network develop during the opportunity development process? Finally, how do these two concepts, entrepreneurial opportunity and network, influence and impact each other? Elaborating on and analysing three entrepreneurial partnerships the thesis utilises the case study method to construct the model.

EducationsMSc in Business, Language and Culture, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
LanguageEnglish
Publication date2008
Number of pages130