Passionate Bricoleurs and New Venture Survival

45 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2016

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Pekka Stenholm

University of Turku, School of Economics

Maija Renko

University of Illinois at Chicago

Date Written: May 23, 2016

Abstract

The impression of entrepreneurship as an intentionally orchestrated activity has been challenged by more creative approaches. In this study we investigate the previously unexplored relationships between entrepreneurial passion, bricolage, and entrepreneurial survival. In a sample of 2,489 Finnish entrepreneurs who started new businesses between 2005–2010, we find higher levels of bricolage among those, whose businesses were still surviving in the end of 2011. Further, our analyses reveal that entrepreneurs passionate about inventing and developing their ventures are more likely to engage in bricolage and, combined, the affective state of passion and the “make-do” behaviors of bricolage help entrepreneurs keep their businesses going.

Keywords: entrepreneurial passion, bricolage, survival

JEL Classification: L26, M13

Suggested Citation

Stenholm, Pekka and Renko, Maija, Passionate Bricoleurs and New Venture Survival (May 23, 2016). Journal of Business Venturing, Vol. 31, No. 5, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2883296

Pekka Stenholm

University of Turku, School of Economics ( email )

Rehtorinpellonkatu 3
Turku, FI-20014
Finland

Maija Renko (Contact Author)

University of Illinois at Chicago ( email )

601 S. Morgan St. (M/C 243)
University Hall 2203
Chicago, IL 60607-7122
United States

HOME PAGE: http://business.uic.edu/faculty/maija-renko

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