Capturing action from within: The use of personal diaries

Elco van Burg, T. Karlsson

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This chapter discusses methods to study entrepreneurial behavior, practice, and process and advocates the use of personal diaries to capture entrepreneurial action and processes from within. It describes the diary research method, its origins and main references, as well as its strengths and weaknesses. An illustration of a study on networking actions serves to show possibilities but also challenges that come with using diaries in this type of research. We come to the conclusion that personal diaries are ideally suited, but underexploited data source for investigating entrepreneurial processes, especially in its early phases.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Handbook on Entrepreneurial Behavior, Practice and Process
EditorsWilliam B. Gartner, Bruce T. Teague
Place of PublicationNorthampton
PublisherEdward Elgar
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781788114523
ISBN (Print)9781788114516
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameResearch Handbooks in Business and Management series
PublisherEdward Elgar


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