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date: 03 June 2020

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The emergence perspective provides an important lens through which to examine entrepreneurship. Complementary to other entrepreneurship-related perspectives (e.g., the individual–opportunity nexus), the emergence perspective emphasizes individuals’ idiosyncratic interactions that lead to novel resultant structures and, specifically, the attributes of those interactions (e.g., irreversibility, nonlinear change, unpredictability/surprise, supervenience). Emergence represents a process that flows from the tension of order and disorder, routinization versus creativity, organization versus chaos. We extend the emergence perspective by discussing the emergence of three entities as the entrepreneurial process unfolds: the venture, the opportunity, and the entrepreneur. We further discuss how the emergence perspective can be integrated with other entrepreneurship perspectives as a means to advance scholarly understanding of entrepreneurship.

Keywords: emergence, opportunity, venture, entrepreneur, nonlinear change

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