Professor Sharon Alvarez

Research: Alvarez is a leader in entrepreneurial theory; her research stresses entrepreneurship as a process of creation through investigation, experimentation, and teamwork — as opposed to the discovery of a fully formed opportunity by an individual.

Quote: “The thinking, particularly when I was doing my PhD, was that opportunities existed and were waiting out there for somebody to see them. The focus of my research is to shift away from this idea of a heroic individual with Superman vision to saying, no, entrepreneurs are really hardworking people and, through this hard work, they create market opportunities.”

Activities: Alvarez’s research yielded a number of studies in 2010-2011 with Fisher’s Jay Barney, including “Forming and Exploiting Opportunities: The Implications of Discovery and Creation Processes for Entrepreneurial and Organizational Research,” accepted by Organization Science; and “Entrepreneurship and Epistemology: The Philosophical Underpinnings of the Study of Entrepreneurial Opportunities,” published in The Academy of Management Annals.

Sharon Alvarez

Sharon Alvarez

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