Research Handbook on Entrepreneurial Behavior, Practice and Process


Research Handbook on Entrepreneurial Behavior, Practice and Process

9781788114516 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by William B. Gartner, Bertarelli Foundation Distinguished Professor of Family Entrepreneurship, Babson College, US and Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at Linnaeus University, Sweden, and Bruce T. Teague, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Florida Gulf Coast University, US
Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78811 451 6 Extent: 384 pp
This Research Handbook provides a comprehensive and detailed exploration of this question: What do entrepreneurs do? The book offers three perspectives (behaviour, practice, process) on this question, demonstrates specific methods for answering the question (ethnography, autoethnography, participant observation, diaries, social media platforms and multilevel research techniques) and provides insights into the implications of pursuing this question as it pertains to: the timing and relationality of entrepreneurial activities, the influence of socially situated cognitions, the effect of team membership, and, the challenges of pursuing a behaviourally oriented entrepreneurship pedagogy.

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What do entrepreneurs do? In a comprehensive and detailed exploration using three perspectives – behavior, practice and process – this Research Handbook demonstrates specific methods for answering that question and provides insights into the implications of pursuing that question.

The authors demonstrate a variety of methods including ethnography, autoethnography, participant observation, diaries, social media platforms and multilevel research techniques to delve into the foundations of entrepreneurial behavior. In addition to reinvigorating this long dormant area of scholarship, these chapters provide scholars with the idea that the disparate perspectives on this topic are really headed in the same direction. They also demonstrate the notion that similar tools can be utilized to answer the same type of questions emanating from these different perspectives. The contributors go on to offer insights to a wide range of scholarship on organizations.

Entrepreneurship scholars, PhD students, and upper level graduate and undergraduate students who want a current overview on the theories, methods and implications of studying entrepreneurship will welcome the insights explored in this Research Handbook.
Contributors: A. Brattström, O. Byrne, A. Caetano, H.S. Chen, F. Delmar, D. Dimov, A. Fayolle, D. Fletcher, W.B. Gartner, B. Johannisson, A.R. Johnson, T. Karlsson, M. Lackéus, J.R. Mitchell, R.K. Mitchell, H. Neergaard, R.D.M. Pelly, K. Poldner, S.C. Santos, P. Selden, B.T. Teague, N.A. Thompson, C. Thrane, M. Tillmar, H. Vahidnia, E. van Burg, J.P. Warhuus, K. Wennberg


1 Introduction to the Research Handbook on Entrepreneurial
Behavior, Practice and Process 1
William B. Gartner and Bruce T. Teague

2 Expert skills: implications for studying the behavior of
entrepreneurs 12
Bruce T. Teague and William B. Gartner
3 Advancing entrepreneurship as practice: previous
developments and future possibilities 30
Neil Aaron Thompson and Orla Byrne
4 Entrepreneurial process: mapping a multiplicity of
conversations 56
Dimo Dimov

5 Ethnography’s answer to the plus zone challenge of
entrepreneurship 82
R. Duncan M. Pelly and Alain Fayolle
6 Performing affirmation: autoethnography as an activist
approach to entrepreneurship 102
Kim Poldner
7 Searching for the roots of entrepreneuring as practice:
introducing the enactive approach 138
Bengt Johannisson
8 Practicing participant observations: capturing entrepreneurial
practices 168
Malin Tillmar
9 Capturing action from within: the use of personal diaries 182
Elco van Burg and Tomas Karlsson
10 Collecting digital research data through social media
platforms: can “scientific social media” disrupt
entrepreneurship research methods? 199
Martin Lackéus
11 Perspectives in multilevel research in entrepreneurship 242
Susana C. Santos and António Caetano

12 Temporality and embodied practice: theorizing the
relationality of entrepreneurial events 263
Paul Selden and Denise Fletcher
13 Socially situated entrepreneurial cognition: promising linkage
and directions in studying entrepreneurial behavior, practice
and process 283
Hamid Vahidnia, Ronald K. Mitchell, J. Robert Mitchell and
H. Shawna Chen
14 A longitudinal project of new venture teamwork and
outcomes 309
Anna Brattström, Frédéric Delmar, Alan R. Johnson and
Karl Wennberg
15 Designing experiential entrepreneurship education based on
entrepreneurial practice and behavior 335
Jan P. Warhuus, Helle Neergaard and Claus Thrane

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