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The entrepreneurial journey as an emergent hierarchical system of artifact-creating processes
Fletcher, Denise Elaine; Selden, Paul
2015In Journal of Business Venturing, 30 (4), p. 603-615
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Keywords :
artificial science; artifacts; complexity science; emergence; hierarchical system; entrepreneurship; entrepreneurial journey
Abstract :
[en] Entrepreneurial ‘process’ perspectives explain the events of an entrepreneurial journey in terms of mechanisms, such as ‘effectual logic’, ‘bricolage’, ‘dynamic creation’, ‘opportunity tension’ and ‘enactment’. Process theorists, however, have not as yet developed an analytical framework that explains an entrepreneurial event in relation to the entrepreneurial journey as the unit of analysis. Building on Sarasvathy’s (2003 and 2008) and Venkataraman et al’s (2012) conception of entrepreneurship as a science of the artificial (Simon, 1996), we explain how this research gap can be addressed by conceptualizing the entrepreneurial journey as an emergent hierarchical system of entrepreneurial artifact-creating processes. From this perspective, entrepreneurial events can be explained in relation to the endogenous dynamics of prior patterns of artifact emergence. We discuss some research implications of focusing on artifact emergence as the unit of analysis in process theory development.
Disciplines :
Strategy & innovation
Author, co-author :
Fletcher, Denise Elaine  ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance (FDEF) > Center for Research in Economic Analysis (CREA)
Selden, Paul
External co-authors :
no
Language :
English
Title :
The entrepreneurial journey as an emergent hierarchical system of artifact-creating processes
Publication date :
2015
Journal title :
Journal of Business Venturing
ISSN :
0883-9026
eISSN :
1873-2003
Publisher :
Elsevier Science, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Volume :
30
Issue :
4
Pages :
603-615
Peer reviewed :
Peer Reviewed verified by ORBi
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