Advancing qualitative entrepreneurship research: Leveraging methodological plurality for achieving scholarly impact

Elco van Burg, Joep Cornelissen, Wouter Stam, Sarah Jack

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Abstract

This editorial aims to advance the use of qualitative research methods when studying entrepreneurship. First, it outlines four characteristics of the domain of entrepreneurship that qualitative research is uniquely placed to address. In studying these characteristics, we urge researchers to leverage the plurality of different qualitative approaches, including less conventional methods. Second, to help researchers develop high-level theoretical contributions, we point to multiple possible contributions, and highlight how such contributions can be developed through qualitative methods. Thus, we aim to broaden the types of contributions and forms that qualitative entrepreneurship research takes, in ways that move beyond prototypical inductive theory-building.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalEntrepreneurship: Theory and Practice
Volume46
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Funding

We thank Hans Berends, Issy Drori, Dries Faems, and Jakomijn van Wijk for their very helpful comments on an earlier draft of this article. We are also grateful to the Editor, Friederike Welter, and two anonymous reviewers for their constructive comments which helped shape this editorial. The author(s) received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.

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Jakomijn van Wijk

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