A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

The buzz before business: a design science study of a sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem

Open Access hybrid publication

Publication Details

Authors: O’Shea Gregory, Farny Steffen, Hakala Henri

Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)

Publication year: 2019

Language: English

Related journal or series: Small Business Economics

Start page: 1

End page: 24

Number of pages: 24

ISSN: 0921-898X

eISSN: 1573-0913

JUFO level of this publication: 1

Digital Object Identifier (DOI): http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11187-019-00256-4

Open Access: Open Access hybrid publication


This paper examines how entrepreneurial opportunities co-evolve within a sustainable entrepreneurship ecosystem (SEE). Most of the literature on entrepreneurial ecosystems falls short on integrating the entrepreneurial process in empirical research. To analyze data collected from pre-start-up teams within a nascent SEE on high-tech cellulose-based materials over 3 years, we apply a design science approach that helps understand actors’ collaborative sensemaking in designing and structuring ecosystem features and relationships. Our findings show that the SEE can be seen as a design artifact which evolves by ecosystem actors collectively engaging in new venture ideation and developing opportunity confidence. Furthermore, the paper presents a novel SEE framework, which elaborates on phases and enablers of the opportunity co-evolution process within an emerging ecosystem. We contribute to the literature on sustainable as well as general entrepreneurial ecosystems and offer a new theoretical foundation for a process view on ecosystems

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