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Handbook of Research Methods on Social Entrepreneurship

Edited by the late Richard Seymour, formerly Senior Lecturer, Programme Director, Innovation and Enterprise and Co-Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Group, The University of Sydney Business School, Sydney, Australia
Defining ‘social entrepreneurship’ has in the past proved problematic, and debate continues concerning what it does and does not entail and encompass. This unique book frames the debates surrounding the phenomenon and argues that many of the difficulties relating to the study of social entrepreneurship are rooted in methodological issues. Highlighting these issues, the book sets out ideas and implications for researchers using alternative methodologies.
Extent: 288 pp
Hardback Price: $170.00 Web: $153.00
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 978 1 84844 965 7
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Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 978 1 78100 541 5
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  • Business and Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Research Methods in Business and Management
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Development Studies
  • Development Economics
  • Development Studies
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Economics and Finance
  • Development Economics
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Research Methods
  • Research Methods in Business and Management
  • Research Methods
Defining ‘social entrepreneurship’ has in the past proved problematic, and debate continues concerning what it does and does not entail and encompass. This unique book frames the debates surrounding the phenomenon and argues that many of the difficulties relating to the study of social entrepreneurship are rooted in methodological issues. Highlighting these issues, the book sets out ideas and implications for researchers using alternative methodologies.

Contributors expertly present practical guides for researchers, setting out appropriate strategies and methods that can be adopted to explore and understand social entrepreneurship. Chapters deal with research strategies such as storytelling, action research and the case study, as well as the methods appropriate for understanding discourse, large data sets, and networks. The book also explores some challenges for researchers, and will be of particular interest to early career researchers or researchers first approaching the field.
Contributors: M. Bachmann, S. D’Alessandro, K. Kumar, A.F. McKenny, J. Ormiston, J. Ruskin, F. Salignac, R.G. Seymour, J.C. Short, C. Steyaert, M. Tasker, G. Tyge Payne, C. Webster, L. Westberg, H. Winzar
Contents:

Introduction
Richard G. Seymour

PART I: CURIOSITY
1. Understanding the Social in Social Entrepreneurship
Richard G. Seymour

2. Researching Social Entrepreneurship
Richard G. Seymour

PART II: POSTURE
3. Listening to Narratives
Chris Steyaert and Michel Bachmann

4. Participating in Research
Mathew Tasker, Linda Westberg and Richard G. Seymour

5. Bounding Research Settings
K. Kumar and Jarrod Ormiston

PART III: GATHERING
6. Discourse Analysis
Fanny Salignac

7. Social Network Analysis
Cynthia Webster and Jennifer Ruskin

8. Surveys and Data Sets
Steven D’Alessandro and Hume Winzar

9. Drawing and Verifying Conclusions
Richard G. Seymour

PART IV: VOICE
10. The Challenge for Researchers
Aaron F. McKenny, Jeremy C. Short and G. Tyge Payne

Index