Shared problem solving and design thinking in entrepreneurship research

Ari Hyytinen*

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Several scholars have recently conceptualized entrepreneurship as a type of design activity and suggested using design as a novel mode for entrepreneurship research. This paper proposes that by augmenting the design mode of research with the problem-framing and problem-solving approaches from management and entrepreneurship, economics, organizational science and team research, we obtain a solid foundation for identifying, characterizing, framing, and even solving problems in which both entrepreneurs and scholars are interested. The more we can uncover such shared entrepreneurial problems, the more relevant the design mode of research is for entrepreneurship scholars and the more opportunities there are for engaged scholarship. We also discuss policy problems that scholars have studied and that policy-makers responsible for entrepreneurship and innovation policies face.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere00254
Peer-reviewed scientific journalJournal of Business Venturing Insights
Publication statusPublished - 05.06.2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 512 Business and Management
  • Design science
  • Problem framing
  • Problem solving
  • Shared problems

Areas of Strength and Areas of High Potential (AoS and AoHP)

  • AoS: Competition economics and service strategy - Quantitative consumer behaviour and competition economics


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