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Mindful deviation through combining causation and effectuation: a design theory-based study of technology entrepreneurship

Marine Agoge ; Mats Lundqvist (Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Management of Organizational Renewal and Entrepreneurship - MORE ) ; Karen Williams Middleton (Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Management of Organizational Renewal and Entrepreneurship - MORE )
Creativity and Innovation Management (0963-1690). Vol. 24 (2015), 4, p. 629-644.
[Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig]

Technology entrepreneurship can be seen as building upon while also deviating from technological paths. Such deviation has primarily been described as singular events where individuals with prior knowledge discover a new opportunity. In this article, we will instead study deviation as a process of collective decision making, seen more as something mindful than singular. The purpose is to explore mindful deviation as decision-making by nascent technology entrepreneurs as they conceptualize an early platform technology. Based on case assignments undertaken by 13 teams in a venture creation program, C-K design theory is used to trace how nascent technology entrepreneurs in action combine causal and effectual decision-making logics. Individually answered questionnaires also offered insights on how the entrepreneurs perceived their decision-making in hindsight. The findings break with our received wisdom around how opportunities are recognized as well as how effectual and causal logics occur. As a result, mindful deviation through combinations of effectual and causal logic is suggested as a means to understand early-stage technology entrepreneurship.

Nyckelord: entrepreneurship, technology, effectuation, design theory, nascent



Denna post skapades 2015-07-04. Senast ändrad 2015-12-02.
CPL Pubid: 219408

 

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Institutioner (Chalmers)

Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Management of Organizational Renewal and Entrepreneurship - MORE (2008-2016)

Ämnesområden

Innovation och entreprenörskap (nyttiggörande)
Annan teknik
Utbildningsvetenskap
Sociologi

Chalmers infrastruktur