Entrepreneurship at the Interface of Design and Science: Toward an Inclusive Framework

Forthcoming in Journal of Business Venturing Insights

25 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2018

See all articles by A. Georges L. Romme

A. Georges L. Romme

Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) - Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences

Isabelle M. M. J. Reymen

Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE)

Date Written: July 2, 2018

Abstract

Entrepreneurship scholars are increasingly interested in conducting work at the interface of design and science. However, a consistent methodological framework for this type of work is missing. In this paper, we therefore develop such a framework. First, three examples of entrepreneurship scholarship at the design-science interface are outlined. From these examples, we infer two key characteristics of design science (DS). For one, research outputs not only include theoretical constructs and models, but also values, principles and practices. In addition, creative design and scientific validation are complementary and equivalent research activities in DS. Whereas design and validation are legitimate research approaches in their own right, we conclude that the interaction between the two can drive the continual renewal of the entrepreneurship field and unlock the potential of an inclusive body of knowledge that is both rigorous and relevant.

Keywords: entrepreneurship, design science, business model, effectuation, validation, creative design

JEL Classification: L26, O32, O35, M10, P12

Suggested Citation

Romme, A. Georges L. and Reymen, Isabelle M. M. J., Entrepreneurship at the Interface of Design and Science: Toward an Inclusive Framework (July 2, 2018). Forthcoming in Journal of Business Venturing Insights , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3277494 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3277494

A. Georges L. Romme (Contact Author)

Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) - Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences ( email )

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Isabelle M. M. J. Reymen

Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) ( email )

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Eindhoven, 5600 MB
Netherlands

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