Toward a design science of entrepreneurship

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This chapter outlines a design-science perspective of entrepreneurship. It zooms in on the junction between present and future to distinguish entrepreneurship as a natural and as an artificial phenomenon. While the current study of entrepreneurship speaks to the former, it has been silent on the latter. The chapter discusses design as a distinct mode of research, opportunity as a design artifact, and the generative power of recursive action to make the case for problematizing entrepreneurial action as a focus of research. It then defines its research questions, discusses the logic and process for addressing them, and outlines the nature of research outputs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationModels of Start-Up Thinking and Action
Subtitle of host publicationTheoretical, Empirical and Pedagogical Approaches
EditorsJ. A. Katz, A. C. Corbett
Place of PublicationBingley, U. K.
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages31
ISBN (Print)9781786354860
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016

Publication series

NameAdvances in Entrepreneurship, Firm Emergence and Growth


  • Design-science
  • Entrepreneurial action
  • Logic
  • Research

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