This thought provoking book builds on existing research traditions that make small business, entrepreneurship and family business a resource rich arena for study. It steps back to ask fundamental questions that every researcher should consider prior to engaging in data collection. It focuses on topics that have traditionally frustrated researchers including experimental methods in small business research, scale development, control variables and language issues in cross cultural research.
The distinguished authors also address subjects such as theory development and testing in entrepreneurship, as well as determining if progress in research has been made and how that can be measured. Critically, many of the chapters highlight ways in which research can be both practical yet theoretically important.
Bringing together quantitative and qualitative techniques and taking an investigative approach almost totally ignored in entrepreneurship research, this unique volume will be of special interest to anyone studying small and family businesses or entrepreneurship and business.
|Publisher:||Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
About the Author
Edited by Alan L. Carsrud, Visiting Research Professor and Docent and Malin Brännback, Dean and Professor of International Business, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
Table of Contents
1. Research in Entrepreneurship: An Introduction to the Research Challenges for the 21st Century
Alan L. Carsrud, Malin Brännback and Richard T. Harrison
2. Thoughts on the Challenge of Empirical Research in Entrepreneurship
3. From Philosophy of Science to Theory Testing: Generating Practical Knowledge in Entrepreneurship
Tom Kenworthy and Ed McMullen
4. Measuring Progress in Entrepreneurship Research
Linda F. Edelman, Tatiana S. Manolova, Candida G. Brush and Scott Latham
5. Experimental Methods in Entrepreneurship Research
Kelly G. Shaver
6. Looking into the Future: Valid Multiple- and Single-Item Measures in Entrepreneurship Research
Leon Schjoedt, Maija Renko and Kelly G. Shaver
7. Control Variables: Use, Misuse and Recommended Use
Leon Schjoedt and Barbara Bird
8. Cross-Cultural Studies in Entrepreneurship: A Note on Culture and Language
Malin Brännback, Stefan Lång, Alan Carsrud and Siri Terjesen
9. Fighting a Rearguard Action? Reflections on the Philosophy and Practice of Qualitative Research in Entrepreneurship
Richard T. Harrison and Claire M. Leitch
10. Ethnographic Approaches to Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research: What Lessons Can We Learn?
Karin Berglund and Caroline Wigren
11. The Practice Approach and Interactive Research in Entrepreneurship and Small-Scale Venturing