The Shape of Firms: Opportunities from Rapid Manufacturing
This paper examines the role of design in the creation of new firms. A new interpretation of firm design is developed to explain the dynamics of entrepreneurship. This paper seeks to expand the conversation between design and management studies by focusing on the concept of shaping the firm. The study of the shape of the firm seeks to characterise the dependencies between the features of products and the organizational possibilities of new firms. We intersect theories from the fields of management and design theory to examine the shape of the firm in the entrepreneurship context. From this study, opportunities are identified for research approaches to address the entanglement between the shape of the product and the shape of the firm. Implications for practice are discussed.