The measurement of effectuation: highlighting research tensions and opportunities for the future

Alexander McKelvie, Gaylen N. Chandler, Dawn R. DeTienne, Anette Johansson

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Abstract

In this paper, we address issues related to the measurement of effectuation. We identify and examine 81 empirical studies focusing on research tensions (fundamental assumptions, theoretical underpinnings, boundary conditions, units of analyses, measures, and temporal issues) within the effectuation literature. Our findings suggest these tensions inhibit the accumulation of empirical knowledge. We highlight the challenges involved in effectively measuring effectuation and offer solutions and recommendations for systematic knowledge accumulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)689-720
Number of pages32
JournalSmall Business Economics
Volume54
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020

Keywords

  • Causation
  • Effectuation
  • Measurement
  • Specification
  • Theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics

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