The nature of the entrepreneurial process: Causation, effectuation, and pragmatism

Jeroen Kraaijenbrink

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This paper forms an appreciation of and a critical reflection on Sarasvathy’s work on causation and effectuation models of entrepreneurship. While Sarasvathy has made significant contributions to the field, it is suggested that a more fruitful approach can follow if two modifications are made. First, it is argued that the six dimensions on which the two models differ are independent and therefore that it is more fruitful to focus on the dimensions rather than on the two models. Second, it is argued that a pragmatist view on entrepreneurship is most fruitful when it is not applied at the level of the entrepreneurial process but at the level of the underlying human actions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 16th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference 2008
Place of PublicationEnschede
PublisherUniversity of Twente
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9789036526685
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event16th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference, HTSF 2008 - Enschede, Netherlands
Duration: 21 May 200823 May 2008
Conference number: 16


Conference16th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference, HTSF 2008
Abbreviated titleHTSF

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