Adding a strategic lens to feasibility analysis

Gregory Berry, Kareem M. Shabana
2020 New England Journal of Entrepreneurship  
PurposeTraditional feasibility analysis is focused on the immediate and urgent needs of a new venture start-up. All four parts of the feasibility analysis (product/service, industry/market, organizational, and financial) are valuable and essential, but what is missed is a part that provided attention to the longer-term requirements for success and sustainability. A fifth strategic feasibility analysis is needed, focused on the long-term sustainability of the new venture. This
more » ... t context-dependency lens considers the organization's long-term survival, confirming that organizational success depends on the new venture's ability to emphasize its uniqueness and fit with its external environment.Design/methodology/approachThis paper takes advantage of the decades-long literature review in Strategy to combine known data with entrepreneurial practice in undertaking the feasibility analysis.FindingsThis enhanced feasibility analysis adds a strategic lens beyond the traditional four-part feasibility analysis, resulting in identifiable value-added benefits and awareness of potential opportunities or threats in the longer term.Research limitations/implicationsThis research is conceptual and theoretical at this point, without field implementation.Practical implicationsNew venture failure is an ongoing concern for many. This suggested strategic lens, especially the sustainability aspect (beyond the "what-do-we-need-to-do-to-open-the-doors" of much feasibility analysis) may prove very useful. Competitive advantage is examined in the traditional feasibility analysis, but this strategic lens suggests a longer term examination, and engages with competitor response.Social implicationsIf adopted, this enhanced analysis may lead to greater success for new venture start-ups, thus less wasted time, energy and money.Originality/valueThis is the first attempt at adding a focused strategic lens to the traditional entrepreneurial feasibility analysis. This may seem like a simple and elementary shift of perspective, but the implications are huge, and take advantage of the decades-long research stream in strategic thinking and planning.
doi:10.1108/neje-08-2019-0036 fatcat:kqka2ypbrfbbjjoy4kscu3lswi