Entrepreneurship is an emerging, dynamic and to a considerable extent, unpredictable phenomenon. Thus, it makes for a challenging research subject. In this book, one of the most experienced empiricists in the field has collected some of his most important ideas on how improved conceptualization and research design can make this challenge more manageable.
Per Davidsson addresses questions such as: What precisely is entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship research? What unique contribution can it make compared with research in other fields? Conversely, how can scholars with different disciplinary backgrounds best contribute to the study of entrepreneurship? What does the emergent and highly diverse nature of entrepreneurship imply for research design? And what is required from entrepreneurship researchers - and practitioners - in order for the research to make strong contributions to business and policy practice?
This comprehensive, in-depth account of how the emergence of new entrepreneurial activity can be studied will be warmly welcomed by researchers and academics in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation and methodology and research design.
Per Davidsson, Director, Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research and Professor of Entrepreneurship, Queensland University of Technology, Australia and Joenkoeping International Business School, Sweden
Contents: 1. Introduction Part I: Defining and Describing the Entrepreneurship Phenomenon 2. The Domain of Entrepreneurship Research: Some Suggestions 3. The Types and Contextual Fit of Entrepreneurial Processes Part II: Research Design Issues 4. Strategies for Dealing with Heterogeneity in Entrepreneurship Research 5. Method Issues in the Study of Venture Start-up Processes 6. Method Challenges and Opportunities in the Psychological Study of Entrepreneurship Part III: Interpreting and Spreading the Results 7. Interpreting Performance in Research on Independent Entrepreneurship 8. What Entrepreneurship Research can do for Business and Policy Practice Index