Abstract

Developing an understanding of how new firms organize themselves is a fundamental focus for entrepreneurship research. Katz and Gartner’s (1988) framework describes four properties that new organizations must exhibit: intention, boundary, resources, and exchange. Yet organizations do not come into existence fully formed, therefore, their properties must develop somehow. However, little is known about how organizational properties themselves emerge and whether this matters. Therefore, this paper aims to enhance our understanding of emerging organizations by establishing evidence of how they organize, rather than accounting for properties that describe artefacts of their organization. In doing so we extend the organizational emergence framework (Katz and Gartner, 1998) to include time as an essential component.

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