Researching Entrepreneurship as Lived Experience

Published on Jan 1, 2006
· DOI :10.4337/9781847204387.00011
Henrik Berglund13
Estimated H-index: 13
Much entrepreneurship research explicitly or implicitly employs positivistic methods where theoretical concepts and the ‘things’ we encounter in the world are treated as unequivocally given. While important such approaches tend to bracket many animated aspects of human being and behaviour commonly associated with entrepreneurship. To offer an alternative this chapter introduces the phenomenological tradition through the philosophies of Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger. Phenomenology problematizes positivism and sees all knowledge as grounded in the everyday life experiences. Building from this tradition, phenomenological methods can be used to capture and communicate the meanings of different entrepreneurial experiences. Such an approach allows for a deeper understanding of how theoretical concepts and empirical events are understood and translated into action by entrepreneurs.
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Published on Feb 25, 2008
Jonathan A. Smith44
Estimated H-index: 44
(Birkbeck, University of London),
Mike Osborn12
Estimated H-index: 12
The aim of interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) is to explore in detail how participants are making sense of their personal and social world, and the main currency for an IPA study is the meanings particular experiences, events, states hold for participants. The approach is phenomenological (see Chapter 3) in that it involves detailed examination of the participant’s lifeworld; it attempts to explore personal experience and is concerned with an individual’s personal perception or accou...
Published on Sep 1, 2004in Journal of Business Venturing6.33
Phillip H. Phan33
Estimated H-index: 33
(RPI: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
Published on Sep 1, 2004in Journal of Business Venturing6.33
Saras D. Sarasvathy33
Estimated H-index: 33
(UMD: University of Maryland, College Park)
Both history of science and creativity research have shown that reformulating the questions we ask can lead to breakthroughs more often than trying harder to search for more rigorous answers. In such a spirit of creative play, I suggest we throw away our obsession with dividing the world into entrepreneurs and non-entrepreneurs and focus instead on categories within entrepreneurs. In particular, (a) those who want to become entrepreneurs but do not suggest compelling research questions about bar...
Published on Jan 1, 2004
Daniel Hjorth22
Estimated H-index: 22
Chris Steyaert30
Estimated H-index: 30
Published on Sep 1, 2003
Scott Shane65
Estimated H-index: 65
In the first exhaustive treatment of the field in 20 years, Scott Shane extends the analysis of entrepreneurship by offering an overarching conceptual framework that explains the different parts of the entrepreneurial process - the opportunities, the people who pursue them, the skills and strategies used to organize and exploit opportunities, and the environmental conditions favorable to them - in a coherent way. Given the level of interest devoted to entrepreneurship in the economy and among ac...
Published on Jun 1, 2003in Journal of Management9.06
Lowell W. Busenitz33
Estimated H-index: 33
(OU: University of Oklahoma),
G. Page West12
Estimated H-index: 12
(Wake Forest University)
+ 3 AuthorsAndrew Zacharakis21
Estimated H-index: 21
(Babson College)
This article evaluates the emergent academic field of entrepreneurship to better understand its progress and potential. We apply boundary and exchange concepts to examine 97 entrepreneurship articles published in leading management journals from 1985 to 1999. Some evidence was found of an upward trend in the number of published entrepreneurship articles, although the percentage of entrepreneurship articles remains low. The highly permeable boundaries of entrepreneurship facilitate intellectual e...
Published on Jan 1, 2003
Norris F. Krueger17
Estimated H-index: 17
(BSU: Boise State University)
Published on Jan 1, 2003
Per Davidsson48
Estimated H-index: 48
There is progress in entrepreneurship research. Important works in entrepreneurship increasingly appear in highly respected, mainstream journals (see Busenitz et al., forthcoming; Davidsson, Low, & Wright, 2001). There is conceptual development that attracts attention (e.g. Shane & Venkataraman, 2000) and handbooks are compiled, providing the field with more of a common body of knowledge (Acs & Audretsch, 2003a; Westhead & Wright, 2000; Shane, 2000a). Further, there is evidence of methodological...
Published on Jan 1, 2003
Nancy M. Carter19
Estimated H-index: 19
Gerald E. Hills16
Estimated H-index: 16
(Bradley University),
William B. Gartner38
Estimated H-index: 38
(CBS: Copenhagen Business School)
The validity of entrepreneurship scholars' tendency to regard opportunities as concrete realities waiting to be discovered by entrepreneurs is questioned. Based on economics literature, the "opportunity discovery" perspective, embraced by so many scholars, emphasizes the importance of observation and information asymmetries. However, it may ignore important characteristics of opportunity as a phenomenon.In this study, written responses from the Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics (PSED), a n...
Published on Jul 1, 2002in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice6.19
Ronald K. Mitchell25
Estimated H-index: 25
(PKU: Peking University),
J. Brock Smith14
Estimated H-index: 14
(UVic: University of Victoria)
+ 3 AuthorsBrian McKenzie1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UVic: University of Victoria)
In this study we examine three research questions concerned with entrepreneurial cognition and culture: (1) Do entrepreneurs have cognitions distinct from those of other business people? (2) To what extent are entrepreneurial cognitions universal? and (3) To what extent do entrepreneurial cognitions differ by national culture?These questions were investigated in an exploratory study using data collected from 990 respondents in eleven countries. We find, in answer to question one, that individual...
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Published on Dec 1, 2019
Hassan Shahraki (University of Vienna), Ebrahim Heydari (IAU: Islamic Azad University)
This longitudinal qualitative study aimed at investigating and analyzing rural entrepreneurship in the era of globalization. The main goal of this paper is to form and present a theoretical alternative for mainstream economic rural entrepreneurship. For this purpose, 40 entrepreneurs, experts, and practitioners in the agricultural and rural sector were specifically selected and textual data analysis was done by content analysis method using a strategy of theoretical coding (open and axial). The ...
Published on Apr 29, 2019in Business Ethics: A European Review2.92
Jarrod Ormiston4
Estimated H-index: 4
(UM: Maastricht University)
Published on Jun 1, 2019in Journal of Business Venturing Insights
Jean Clarke9
Estimated H-index: 9
(EMLYON Business School),
Robin Holt22
Estimated H-index: 22
(University of Nottingham)
Abstract Entrepreneurship is a generative and transformative process of altering convention where personal/social history, assets, technologies, and trading activity are gathered in organizational form. How entrepreneurs frame this process, and are, in turn, organised by this process, constitutes the entrepreneurial experience. Typically this framing has been researched using narrative methods: how entrepreneurs tell their stories. In this paper we develop an emerging branch of inquiry challengi...
Published on May 26, 2019in Entrepreneurship and Regional Development2.93
Pierre-André Julien13
Estimated H-index: 13
(Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières)
ABSTRACTGiven that added knowledge and deeper understanding are needed with regard to regional variations in the creation of new firms, this study seeks to answer the following two research questions: What are the variables that explain entrepreneurial dynamism and how may they be apprehended under the four necessary and complementary dimensions of this phenomenon, namely the demand, supply, institutional and spatial dimensions? And how should the nature and interrelatedness of these dimensions ...
Published on Feb 1, 2018in Interchange
This article presents the use of the qualitative research method and the challenges that this form of research imposes along with the increasingly systematic reluctance experienced by doctoral students and their chairs. Increasingly, doctoral students are opting for the qualitative approach over that of the traditional quantitative methodology. The qualitative method is an evolutionary process that addresses the phenomenon being investigated and must show a connection to the question or question...
Published on Nov 6, 2017in Chinese Management Studies0.94
Zhenggang Song1
Estimated H-index: 1
Liangxing He1
Estimated H-index: 1
Yuli Zhang1
Estimated H-index: 1
Purpose How do entrepreneurs learn from critical events or significant entrepreneurial experience? It is an important field in entrepreneurship cognition and learning studies. Previous studies have given interpretations from many perspectives, such as effectuation, scenario change of entrepreneurial behaviors, cognitive development, situated learning, etc. These studies provide important clues for exploring the dynamic mechanism of entrepreneurship learning; the problems, such as narrow study an...
Published on Aug 8, 2017in Entrepreneurship and Regional Development2.93
Tobias Pret5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Pace University),
Sara Carter40
Estimated H-index: 40
AbstractThis article explores the effects of embeddedness in communities upon entrepreneurial practices. Based on the lived experiences of 10 craft entrepreneurs, this study reveals that within certain contexts, such as craft communities, entrepreneurs are expected to exhibit high levels of camaraderie and generosity, which leads them to create social value by supporting their peers and freely sharing their resources. Entrepreneurs achieve ‘fitting in’ not only by learning accepted norms, but al...