The entrepreneurial journey of venture creation: Reshaping process and space
Entrepreneurial opportunities and the entrepreneurial process have long been understood as the foundation and heart of entrepreneurship. In this article, using systems thinking and a systems approach, we reshape the dynamic stage model of the entrepreneurial process to create a novel method for the configuration and metrics of progression of the entrepreneurial journey. To this end, we justified venture maturity as the generalised dimension that characterises entrepreneurial journey in the temporal scale. Until the venture launch, perceived (by the entrepreneur) venture maturity describes the progression of the entrepreneurial journey. The artefacts generated within the stages of the entrepreneurial process serve as the markers of progression of the journey. We also suppose the combination of the discrete and continuous character of the entrepreneurial journey trajectory between the edges bordering the corridors of opportunity space. This article contributes to existing approaches that facilitate better understanding of the entrepreneurial journey and process concepts by examining the interconnections between entrepreneurial process, journey, venture maturity, time and space.