Research Seminar on the objectivity of entrepreneurial opportunities on June, 11th

The Insti­tute for Entre­pre­neurship and Inno­va­tion orga­nizes a rese­arch seminar in WU Grün­dungs­zen­trum on June 11th given by Ass. Prof. Russ McBride, Univer­sity of Cali­fornia, Merced. The topic of this seminar is: "Hazards in soci­o-e­co­nomic theory: Are entre­pre­neu­rial oppor­tu­nities objec­tive?"


The most promi­nent conver­sa­tion currently in entre­pre­neurship concerns the status of entre­pre­neu­rial oppor­tu­nity. Are entre­pre­neu­rial oppor­tu­nities objec­tive or subjec­tive? The ques­tion, however, is impos­sible to answer as posed, as it fails to distin­guish between the two diffe­rent kinds of objec­tivity— onto­lo­gical and epis­te­mo­lo­gical. Asking the ques­tion for each type of objec­tivity reveals a diffe­rent answer for each, suggesting a promi­sing and inclu­sive way forward for the field. Unfor­t­u­n­a­tely, there are some age-old hazards in social theory, in parti­cular the failure to distin­guish the social from the physical. Once this hazard is unearthed it’s possible to untangle the debate which resolves the most promi­nent conflict in entre­pre­neurship theory currently. 

  • Date: June, 11th, 2018

  • Time: 13.30 - 15.00

  • Loca­tion: WU Grün­dungs­zen­trum

Russ McBride is an Assis­tant Professor at the Univer­sity of Cali­fornia, Merced (UC’s newest campus) in the Depart­ment of the Manage­ment of Complex Systems. He did his Masters at Stan­ford in symbolic systems (philo­sophy and cogni­tive science) and his PhD from UC Berkeley in philo­sophy and cogni­tive science where he worked with John Searle and George Lakoff. He then spent four years as a postdoc at the Univer­sity of Utah Eccles Busi­ness School working with Jay Barney and Todd Zenger. Most of his work orbits around the struc­ture of social reality, in a field called, ‘social onto­logy’, as it relates to orga­niza­t­ions and entre­pre­neurship. He has run the social onto­logy PDW at AoM for the last 5 years. He has also spent many years doing rese­arch on arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence, running a soft­ware consul­ting company, and working on problems in cogni­tive science. Current works in progress include a book, “The Comple­xity of Human Beha­vior”, a couple of arti­cles in a book on “Philo­sophy & Entre­pre­neurship”, an article with Todd Zenger on evolu­tio­nary approa­ches in stra­tegy, and the release for 2019 of a new journal in deba­te-only format covering issues in stra­tegy, orga­niza­t­ions, and entre­pre­neurship. 

If you plan to attend this event, please give us a short notice until June 8th by email to: waltraud.hanou­se­k@wu.ac.at

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