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Entrepreneurial Risk: Have We Been Asking the Wrong Question?
Small Business Economics (2002)
  • William I. Norton, Georgia Southern University
  • William T. Moore, University of South Carolina
Entrepreneurs are often thought to engage in "risky" behaviors. Thus, they may be seen as more willing than average to take risks. We offer a dissenting view. Central to entrepreneurship is the alertness perspective which suggests that entrepreneurs may assess opportunities and threats differently than non-entrepreneurs. That differential assessment may be understood in terms of Bayesian probability. The Bayesian model argues that differing assessments of prospective outcomes may be attributable to differences in prior information. This perspective on risk assessment has implications for entrepreneurial decision making, whether to launch a new venture or adopt a growth strategy. The literature is reviewed, a synthesis is offered, a numerical example is developed, and a research agenda is proposed.
  • Entrepreneurial risk,
  • Behaviors,
  • Entrepreneurship
Publication Date
June, 2002
Citation Information
William I. Norton and William T. Moore. "Entrepreneurial Risk: Have We Been Asking the Wrong Question?" Small Business Economics Vol. 18 Iss. 4 (2002) p. 281 - 287 ISSN: 0921-898X
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