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"End-User Entrepreneurship: An Emergent & Collective Process"

Sonali Shah and Mary Tripsas


First Author :

Sonali Shah
Business Administration
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Business
1206 S. Sixth Street
350 Wohlers Hall, MC 706
Champaign, IL 61820

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Second Author :

Mary Tripsas
Harvard Business School
Soldiers Field Road
Boston, MA


Abstract :
We develop a model of how end-users, an understudied source of entrepreneurship, create, evaluate, share, and exploit their ideas. Our model explicitly examines the interactive processes that precede firm formation, and by doing so highlights the emergent nature of entrepreneurial activity. We emphasize the role of user innovation communities and collective creative activity in shaping ideas. Finally, we provide a conceptualization of entrepreneurship that expands our thinking beyond simply for-profit ventures.
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Manuscript Received : 2006
Manuscript Published : 2006
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