Information exposure, opportunity evaluation, and entrepreneurial action: An investigation of an online user community

Erkko Autio, Linus Dahlander Esmt, Lars Frederiksen

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Abstract

We study how an individual's exposure to external information regulates the evaluation of entrepreneurial opportunities and entrepreneurial action. Combining data from interviews, a survey, and a comprehensive web log of an online user community spanning eight years, we find that technical information shaped opportunity evaluation and that social information about user needs drove individuals to entrepreneurial action. Our empirical findings suggest that reducing demand uncertainty is a central factor regulating entrepreneurial action, an insight that received theories of entrepreneurial action have so far overlooked.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1348-1371
Number of pages24
JournalAcademy of Management Journal
Volume56
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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