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Psicothema, 2011. Vol. Vol. 23 (nº 3). 427-432




Entrepreneurship as a legitimate field of knowledge

José C. Sánchez

Universidad de Salamanca

Entrepreneurship as a research topic has been approached from disciplines such as economics, sociology or psychology. After justifying its study, we define the domain of the field, highlighting what has currently become its dominant paradigm, the process of the discovery, assessment and exploitation of opportunities. We then describe the main perspectives and offer an integrated conceptual framework that will allow us to legitimize the study of entrepreneurship as a field of knowledge in its own right. We believe that this framework will help researchers to better recognize the relations among the many factors forming part of the study of entrepreneurship. Lastly, we conclude with some brief reflections on the potential value of the framework presented.

El emprendimiento como un campo legítimo del conocimiento.La investigación del emprendimiento se ha abordado desde disciplinas como la economía, la sociología o la psicología. Después de justificar su estudio, definimos el dominio del emprendimiento haciendo hincapié en lo que hoy se ha convertido en el paradigma dominante, el proceso de descubrimiento, evaluación y explotación de oportunidades. A continuación, describiremos las principales perspectivas con el objetivo de ofrecer un marco conceptual integrado que nos permitirá legitimar el estudio de la iniciativa empresarial como un campo de conocimiento en su propio derecho. Creemos que este marco ayudará a los investigadores a reconocer mejor las relaciones entre los muchos factores que forman parte del estudio de la iniciativa empresarial. Por último, se concluye con unas breves reflexiones sobre el valor potencial del marco que se presenta.

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