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Opportunity Recognition and Prior Knowledge: A Meta-Analysis
76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (2016)
  • Sergio Canavati, California State University, Los Angeles
  • Hessam Sarooghi, Butler University
  • Dirk P Libaers, Northeastern University
  • Andrew C Burkemper, University of Missouri-Kansas City
A meta-analysis of 59 studies comprising 70 statistically independent samples and 168,694 observations has been performed to investigate the institutional factors that moderate the relationship between prior knowledge and entrepreneurial opportunity identification. The results show that the abundance of financial capital in a society and the regulatory protection provided by government enhance the strength of the link between prior knowledge and discovery of opportunities, while the availability of entrepreneurship specific education weakens this link. Moreover, cultures with more orientation toward collectivism and uncertainty avoidance are found to be more conducive to leveraging prior knowledge in the process of identifying entrepreneurial opportunities.
  • meta-analysis,
  • opportunity recognition,
  • prior knowledge
Publication Date
August, 2016
Anaheim, CA
Citation Information
Sergio Canavati, Hessam Sarooghi, Dirk P Libaers and Andrew C Burkemper. "Opportunity Recognition and Prior Knowledge: A Meta-Analysis" 76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (2016)
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