From Opportunity Insight to Opportunity Intention: The Importance of Person–Situation Learning Match

  title={From Opportunity Insight to Opportunity Intention: The Importance of Person–Situation Learning Match},
  author={Dimo Dimov},
  journal={Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice},
  pages={561 - 583}
  • Dimo Dimov
  • Published 1 July 2007
  • Business
  • Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
Within the context of opportunity development as a learning process, this paper explores the intentionality that drives the early stages of this process, from the initial occurrence of an idea to its further exploration and elaboration by a potential entrepreneur. It establishes that the specific situations that induce opportunity insights also affect the roles that individuals’ prior knowledge and learning approaches play for the formation of opportunity intentions. The likelihood of acting on… 
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