The Role of Operations Management Across the Entrepreneurial Value Chain

35 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2012

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Nitin Joglekar

Boston University - Questrom School of Business

Moren Levesque

University of Waterloo

Date Written: June 26, 2012


This special issue contains articles that exemplify the role of operations management across the entrepreneurial value chain. This value chain encompasses all stages of the entrepreneurial phenomenon, including technology commercialization, where discovery, commitment, organization and growth must take place. We report on a literature search that identifies research questions categorized with respect to topics crucial to operations management scholars, and classify these questions under each stage of this value chain. The search guides the development of an evolutionary path for the use of resources, routines and reputation (3Rs), often lacking in this process, and enables us to propose modeling and topical gaps in the literature. We offer a framework to set up exemplars for operational tradeoffs uniquely associated with the entrepreneurial value chain. We also articulate how five contributed articles in this issue tackle some of these tradeoffs, prior to introducing four perspective pieces. We hope this discussion motivates follow-on work and triggers a significant increase in the flow of articles that make it to both entrepreneurship and operations management top-tier academic and practitioner publications.

Keywords: operations management, entrepreneurship, technology commercialization, discovery, commitment, organization, growth

Suggested Citation

Joglekar, Nitin and Levesque, Moren, The Role of Operations Management Across the Entrepreneurial Value Chain (June 26, 2012). Available at SSRN: or

Nitin Joglekar (Contact Author)

Boston University - Questrom School of Business ( email )

595 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02466
United States

Moren Levesque

University of Waterloo ( email )

Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1

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