The conditions of opportunity recognition in schools: An investigation of how entrepreneurial teachers discover new educational opportunities

Chun Sing Maxwell HO, Thomas Wing Yan MAN

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Abstract

Purpose: This study investigates teachers' perceptions of how school conditions influence their motivation for opportunity recognition. It uses discovery theory as a theoretical lens to understand the dynamics of entrepreneurial teachers' knowledge and alertness in responding to school conditions. 

Design/methodology/approach: Using a multi-case study approach, in-depth interviews were conducted with participants in three schools highlighting similarities and differences in their conditions of empowering entrepreneurial teachers to discover opportunities. 

Findings: The results indicate that four school conditions facilitate entrepreneurial teachers to discover opportunities, namely, a rigorous working environment, a trusting and opened culture, extensive communication networks and rewarding work conditions. 

Originality/value: These findings further underscore the use of discovery theory in educational contexts showing that entrepreneurial teachers are in an active mode of searching for opportunities. Specific ways through which teachers can better recognize opportunities for school improvement are included. Copyright © 2021 Emerald Publishing Limited.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Professional Capital and Community
Early online dateAug 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Aug 2021

Citation

Ho, C. S. M., & Man, T. W. Y. (2021). The conditions of opportunity recognition in schools: An investigation of how entrepreneurial teachers discover new educational opportunities. Journal of Professional Capital and Community. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1108/JPCC-04-2021-0022

Keywords

  • Opportunities recognition
  • Teacher entrepreneurial behavior
  • Discovery theory

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