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Celebrating Entrepreneurial and Small Firm Research – Embracing Qualitative Research Philosophies and Methods

Celebrating Entrepreneurial and Small Firm Research – Embracing Qualitative Research Philosophies and Methods

This e-book serves as a timely point to reflect upon, critique and debate the skills and knowledge which are required by researchers to develop meaningful, informative and trust-worthy qualitative research. The editors promote social inquiry as a means of exploring and understanding the subjective nature of what one can term “lived experience” from the perspective of those who have experienced, seeking to make sense of the explanations and meanings which individuals assign to their experiences. While such a tradition has existed for many years in the social sciences, its use and adoption in the Entre/SME field has gained interest but is currently under represented. The editors, through this e-book have sought to encourage the development of reflexive articles, (conceptual and empirical), which illustrate the messy, heterogeneous and social nature of Entre/SME research. The variety of approaches offered by qualitative perspectives truly enables researchers to embrace and appreciate the complexity of human dynamics and behaviour.


A holistic social constructionist perspective to enterprise education,A review of research methods in entrepreneurship 1985-2013,Between cognition and discourse: phenomenology and the study of entrepreneurship,Biographical research as a methodology for understanding entrepreneurial marketing,Case Sensitive? A review of the literature on the use of case method in entrepreneurship research,Community-based entrepreneurship and rural development,Developing qualitative research streams relating to illegal rural enterprise: reflections on researching qualitatively at the margins of entrepreneurship research,Entrepreneurial social capital research: resolving the structure and agency dualism,Guest editorial - developing perspectives and challenging the 'status quo'!,Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurship. What We Know and What We Need to Know,How not to do it!! A salutary lesson on longitudinal and qualitative research approaches for entrepreneurship researchers,Stick or twist? The practice of undertaking life story interviews in-the-moment,The reflexive case study method: a practice approach to SME globalization

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