The influence of entrepreneurial bricolage and design thinking on opportunity development

Southern African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

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Title The influence of entrepreneurial bricolage and design thinking on opportunity development
Creator Schuld, Lindie Joynt, Cornelia M. Antonites, Alex J.
Subject Business Management; Entrepreneurship design thinking; design model; creativity; problem solving; innovation; opportunity development; bricolage.
Description Background: Entrepreneurial activity in an efficiency-driven economy is fundamental to economic growth, yet its sustainability and opportunities are concerning. Both entrepreneurial bricolage and design thinking could enhance opportunity development, but their effectiveness and incorporation into an integrated approach to opportunity advancement require further investigation.Aim: This study explores design thinking and entrepreneurial bricolage as facilitating constructs for entrepreneurial opportunity development, employing the design-centred entrepreneurship perspective and the conceptual framework offered by various authors; it investigates the effectiveness of the theoretical frameworks mentioned; and lastly it explores the potential of amalgamating these frameworks into a more comprehensive structure for entrepreneurial opportunity development.Setting: The sample consisted of entrepreneurs in South Africa.Methods: Fourteen semi-structured interviews with founders of small and medium entrepreneurial ventures in various South African industry sectors were conducted.Results: Current frameworks pertaining to bricolage and design thinking proficiencies were appropriate for opportunity development and could be effectively integrated. However, some contributory factors should be included, such as organisational culture, business partners and a non-linear rather than a methodical approach.Conclusion: Entrepreneurial bricolage has a significant influence on developing and establishing opportunities. The value of design thinking was confirmed with a specific focus on a human-centred approach, creativity and innovation. However, contradictory to design thinking authors, entrepreneurs described the design thinking process as non-linear and disordered.Contribution: This study provides empirical evidence to enrich the understanding of the elusive entrepreneurial opportunity development process by integrating the design-centred entrepreneurship framework with the entrepreneurial bricolage perspective into a single, more comprehensive framework. 
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Date 2023-08-16
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajesbm.v15i1.631
Source The Southern African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management; Vol 15, No 1 (2023); 16 pages 2071-3185 2522-7343
Language eng
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Rights Copyright (c) 2023 Lindie Schuld, Cornelia M. Joynt, Alex J. Antonites