Capturing action from within: The use of personal diaries

Elco van Burg, T. Karlsson

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Abstract

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 Entrepreneurship: Behavioral Practice and Process
Place of PublicationNorthampton
PublisherEdward Elgar
Chapter9
Pages182-198
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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van Burg, E., & Karlsson, T. (2020). Capturing action from within: The use of personal diaries. In Research Handbook on Entrepreneurship: Behavioral Practice and Process (pp. 182-198). Northampton: Edward Elgar.