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Breaking boundaries to creatively generate value: The role of resourcefulness in entrepreneurship

Trenton Alma Williams, Eric Yanfei Zhao, Scott Sonenshein, Deniz Ucbasaran and Gerard George

Journal of Business Venturing, 2021, vol. 36, issue 5

Abstract: Entrepreneurial resourcefulness is a concept that resonates with practitioners and scholars alike from a diverse set of theoretical and empirical backgrounds. Despite the prevalence and promise of this concept, the literature on entrepreneurial resourcefulness is fragmented and lacks cohesion in how it is labeled, conceptualized, measured, and deployed. In many cases, it appears that bringing resources to bear for entrepreneurial purposes is taken for granted, which limits theoretical development of if and how ventures emerge and grow. In this editorial, we explore the theoretical underpinnings of resourcefulness, offer a definition, and provide a roadmap for future scholarship. In addition, we introduce the six articles that comprise the Special Issue on entrepreneurial resourcefulness, discuss their contributions, and explore how they relate to our overall perspective on resources and resourcefulness. It is our hope that this Special Issue will mobilize additional scholarship to enhance our knowledge on resourcefulness, which we view as a fundamental part of entrepreneurship.

Keywords: Entrepreneurial resourcefulness; Resources; Social and psychological foundations; Special issue; Research agenda (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusvent.2021.106141

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