Bricolage as a path to innovation for resource constrained new firms

Senyard, Julienne M., Baker, Ted, & Davidsson, Per (2011) Bricolage as a path to innovation for resource constrained new firms. In Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management : East Meets West – Enlightening, Balancing, Transcending, 12 – 16 August 2011, San Antonio, Texas.

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Evidence suggests that both start-up and young firms (henceforth: new firms) – despite typically being resource-constrained – are sometimes able to innovate (Katila & Shane 2005). Such firms are seldom able to invest in expensive innovation processes, which suggests that they may rely on other pathways to innovation. In this paper, we test arguments that “bricolage,” defined as making do by applying combinations of the resources at hand to new problems and opportunities, provides a pathway to innovation for new firms. Our results suggest that variations in bricolage behaviors can provide an explanation of innovation under resource constraints by new firms.

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ID Code: 45604
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Bricolage, Innovation, New Firms, Entrepreneurship
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Entrepreneurship (150304)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 30 Aug 2011 22:43
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2016 12:47

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