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Record number 495879
Title Linking complex problem solving to opportunity identification competence within the context of entrepreneurship
Author(s) Baggen, Yvette; Mainert, Jakob; Lans, Thomas; Biemans, H.J.A.; Greiff, Samuel; Mulder, Martin
Source International Journal of Lifelong Education 34 (2015)4. - ISSN 0260-1370 - p. 412 - 429.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/02601370.2015.1060029
Department(s) Education and Competence Studies
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2015
Keyword(s) complex problem solving - entrepreneurship - innovation - opportunity identification competence
Abstract

Today’s working life is increasingly characterized by entrepreneurial challenges. Entrepreneurial challenges start at an individual level with the identification of entrepreneurial opportunities, which is acknowledged as one of the key competencies for lifelong learning. Since the identification of entrepreneurial opportunities relies heavily on the opportunity identification competence (OIC) of individuals, understanding the meaning of OIC is relevant. Until now, OIC has been explored in the young entrepreneurship research field. However, entrepreneurship researchers until now have not fully explored OIC. According to several authors, the research on complex problem solving (CPS) in the cognitive research field might contribute to understanding OIC. In this paper, we review the link between OIC and CPS by comparing the cognitive and entrepreneurship research fields. We argue that those who excel in identifying opportunities share core characteristics with high-level complex problem-solvers. We propose to conduct empirical research in the future to investigate the relation between OIC and CPS within a work context in order to gain more insight into OIC. We believe that the cognitive research field contributes to the entrepreneurship research field and provides a deeper understanding of the initial steps of the entrepreneurial process.

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