An Optimal Stopping Model for the Exploration and Exploitation of a New Venture Opportunity

Young Rok Choi, Moren Lévesque, Dean Shepherd

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Entrepreneurs discover new business opportunities. Discovering and exploring the potential of a new business opportunity, however, are not sufficient to obtain entrepreneurial rents; subsequent exploitation must be taken. Successful entrepreneurs seem to shift from exploration (a focus on activities and/or investments to reduce technological and market uncertainties surrounding the potential opportunity) to exploitation (activities and/or investments committed to building efficient business operational systems to generate profits) at the most appropriate time.1 For example,, a UK-based on-line fashion retailer, incurred large losses from what appears to be a hasty decision to pursue full-scale operations. Value America, one of the pioneers of on-line retailing, also appears to have suffered problems associated with premature exploitation by beginning full-scale operations based on an incomplete business model.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCreating Value: Winners in the New Business Environment
EditorsMichael A. Hitt, Raphael Amit, Charles E. Lucrier, Robert D. Nixon
Publication date09.2017
ISBN (Print)9780631235118
ISBN (Electronic)9781405164092
Publication statusPublished - 09.2017
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter


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