Abstract

This research aims to facilitate the use of design thinking in entrepreneurship research by developing a scale that measures design thinking as an individual characteristic. Design thinking is defined as “an analytic and creative process that engages a person in opportunities to experiment, create and prototype models, gather feedback, and redesign” (Razzouk & Shute, 2012, p. 330). Two main observations have justified this study. First, entrepreneurship pedagogy has leveraged design thinking in the delivery of course curriculum. A clear example is the lean startup movement which stresses experimentation, prototyping, and customer feedback in the creation of new ventures (Ries, 2011). Entrepreneurship research, however, has not caught up with this educational orientation. Second, there has been research, such as effectuation, that discusses experiential approaches to new venture creation (Sarasvathy, 2001), however, the cognitive micro-foundations that lead to the adoption of these approaches are poorly understood.

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