Bricolage as a path to innovation for resource constrained new firms

Julienne Senyard, Ted Baker, Paul Steffens, Per Davidsson

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event71st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - West Meets East: Enlightening, Balancing, Transcending, AOM 2011 - San Antonio, TX, United States
Duration: Aug 12 2011Aug 16 2011

Other

Other71st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - West Meets East: Enlightening, Balancing, Transcending, AOM 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Antonio, TX
Period8/12/118/16/11

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Industrial relations

Keywords

  • Bricolage
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation

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