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PhD Lesson – Decision-Making Issues (Prof. Colombo) #1

22 Gennaio 2016 @ 09:00 - 12:00

Decision-Making Issues

Prof. Colombo

Session 1. The domain of entrepreneurship research – Friday, January 22nd 9:00 – 11:00

  • Shane, S. & Venkataraman, S. (2000). The promise of entrepreneurship as a field of research. Academy of Management Review, 25(1), pp. 217-226.
  • Shane, S. (2012). Delivering on the promise of entrepreneurship as a field of research. Academy of Management Review, 37(1): 10-20.
  • ENT Division, Domain Revision Proposal 2011.

Read critically the assigned articles. Be prepared to illustrate and discuss them in class. Reflect on the following issues: a) is it possible to reach an agreement about the definition of entrepreneurship as an empirical phenomenon and as a field of study? b) Is it possible (and useful) to trace clear boundaries between entrepreneurship and other fields of study (like, for example, strategy or marketing)? c) What is the potential and what are the difficulties inherent in defining entrepreneurship starting from the entrepreneur’s characteristics, starting from entrepreneurial opportunities, or starting from a combination of the two?

Session 2. The foundations of entrepreneurship as a scholarly field/1 – Friday January 22nd, 2016 11:30 – 13:30

  • Schumpeter, J.A. (1934) The theory of economic development. An inquiry into profits, capital, credit, interest, and the business cycle. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, pp.3-9 and 57-94.
  • Kirzner, I.M. (1973) Competition and entrepreneurship. Chicago, Ill.: The University of Chicago Press, pp. 1-9 and 30-87.

Read critically the assigned articles. Be prepared to illustrate and discuss them in class.
Reflect on the following issues: a) What is the relationship between neoclassical economics and the perspective on entrepreneurship of Schumpeter and Kirzner? What are the concepts common to textbook economics (as you know it from previous PhD courses) and entrepreneurship theory as described in the work of these two authors? What are some new concepts and what are some missing concepts? b) What are the main assumptions/hypotheses behind the work of each of these two entrepreneurship authors emerging from their work? c) What are the main differences between the approach to entrepreneurship of these two authors according to the authors themselves? According to your personal reading of their work?


22 Gennaio 2016
09:00 - 12:00
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