Bricolage and MSEs in emerging economies

Simba, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-0276-8211, Ojong, N. and Kuk, G. ORCID: 0000-0002-1288-3635, 2020. Bricolage and MSEs in emerging economies. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. ISSN 1465-7503

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This conceptual paper focuses on bricolage and it pays particular attention on the context of micro and small enterprises (MSEs) in resource-constrained environments – a common feature of most emerging economies. Knowledge about the underlying factors that determine bricolage as a common practice among MSEs operating in emerging economies is yet to advance and develop within the mainstream entrepreneurship literature. Much of this scholarship tends to focus on multi-national enterprises (MNEs) in advanced economies and it discusses bricolage as their strategic choice. Such an approach has led to a lack of meaningful theoretical paradigms for defining the business approaches MSEs adopt as a way of mitigating their perennial operational issues inherent in their environment. Thus, in this conceptual paper, which adopts a scoping review approach, we study the constructs of bricolage particularly their application in MSEs operating in emerging economies. From our analysis a fresh deterministic model mapping out the causal factors that give rise to bricolage behaviour in MSEs that operate in difficult conditions emerged. Thus, we contribute to entrepreneurial behaviour theories by identifying distinctive business methods MSEs adopt to withstand operational difficulties inherent in their environments.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Creators: Simba, A., Ojong, N. and Kuk, G.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 15 November 2020
ISSN: 1465-7503
Rights: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License ( which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 24 Nov 2020 08:51
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:12

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