The Logic and the Limits of Entrepreneurial Bricoloage

Harper, Paul Terrance, Department of Business Administration, University of Virginia
Werhane, Patricia H., Department of Business Administration, University of Virginia

The growth and expansion of entrepreneurship as a distinctive domain of study in the last decade has spawned several new theories about entrepreneurial innovation. Entrepreneurial bricolage has become one of the most popular versions and it is has been utilized to describe decision making in several different moments in the lifecycle of a firm. But, with the proliferation of theories of innovation within entrepreneurship research it has not always been clear how entrepreneurial bricolage differs methodologically from many of the other theories available to the management scholar. In this dissertation I will demonstrate the uniqueness of entrepreneurial bricolage by explicating its historical logic more fully than other scholars. As a result of this theoretical study, entrepreneurship scholars will be able to make more accurate applications of the bricolage construct when attempting to explain entrepreneurial innovation.

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PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
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