Title: The knowledge-based approach to entrepreneurship: linking the entrepreneurial process to the dynamic evolution of knowledge

Authors: Martin Ihrig, Dodo Zu Knyphausen-Aufseß, Colm O'Gorman

Addresses: EXIST-HighTEPP, University of Bamberg, Jackstrabe 3, 96052 Bamberg, Germany. ' Department of Business Administration, University of Bamberg, Feldkirchenstrabe 21, 96045 Bamberg, Germany. ' UCD Business School, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

Abstract: Reviewing the theory behind the opportunity-based approach to entrepreneurship, several weaknesses can be identified. These relate to the fundamental and elementary factors that underpin the opportunity, the time after the initial exploitation of the opportunity and the nature of the concept of |opportunity|. It seems that the definitive conceptual framework for the field of entrepreneurship has not yet been found. As an alternative, and inspired by the influential work of Boisot (1998), a knowledge-based approach to entrepreneurship is proposed. This perspective considers entrepreneurship as a function of knowledge and attitude. Additionally, it describes the entrepreneurial process – from the venture idea to the newly formed business|s strategic success – as the development of knowledge following Boisot|s (1998) Social Learning Cycle within the Information Space. Linked to these insights is the claim that Schumpeterian learning contributes to the success of the newly founded business.

Keywords: knowledge-based entrepreneurship; knowledge management; KM; opportunity recognition; information space; entrepreneurial process; life-cycle; new venture creation; knowledge evolution; attitude; social learning cycle; Schumpeterian learning; Boisot.

DOI: 10.1504/IJKMS.2006.008844

International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies, 2006 Vol.1 No.1/2, pp.38 - 58

Published online: 31 Jan 2006 *

Full-text access for editors Full-text access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article