The growth of entrepreneurship research has been accompanied by an increased convergence and institutionalization of the field. In many ways this is of course positive, but it also represents how the field has become "mainstream" with the concomitant risk that individual scholars become embedded in a culture and incentive system that emphasizes and rewards incremental research questions, while reducing the incentives for scholars to conduct challenging research.
This book challenges this status quo from accepted theories, methodologies and paradigmatic assumptions, to the relevance (or lack of) for contemporary practice and the impact of key journals on scholars’ directions in entrepreneurship research.
An invited selection of the younger generation of scholars within the field of entrepreneurship research adopt a critical and constructive posture on what has been achieved in entrepreneurship research, the main assumptions which underly it, but also open-up new paths for creative entrepreneurship research in the future. This is a must-read for all scholars, educators and advanced students in entrepreneurship research.
Table of Contents
1. Institutionalization of Entrepreneurship as a Scholarly Field: Consequences and challenges 2. Entrepreneurship Research with Passion: A note on the aesthetics of basic research 3. Pragmatic Entrepreneurs and Institutionalized Scholars? On the path-dependent nature of entrepreneurship scholarship 4. Grabbling with the Kirznerian Heritage in a Time of Economic and Environmental Crisis 5. Portfolio Entrepreneurial Households Extending the Individual and Single Opportunity Focus 6. Challenging Assumptions and Bias in Entrepreneurship Research 7. A Critical Review of Critical Perspectives in Entrepreneurship Research 8. Engaged Scholarship: Taking Responsibility for the Politics of Method Mediation 9. Is there Still a Heffalump in the Room? Examining Paradigms in Historical Entrepreneurship Research 10. Challenging Constructions of Entrepreneurial Identities 11. Towards an Understanding of Effectual Learning: Exploring Four Innovations in Entrepreneurship Education
Hans Landström holds the Chair in Entrepreneurship at Lund University, Sweden. He is co-founder of two large research centers at Lund University: Center for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE) which is a research center on innovation research, and Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship (SKJCE) focusing on entrepreneurship research and education. His research interests include entrepreneurial finance, venture capital and business angels, entrepreneurial education, and the history of entrepreneurship as a research field. Author of 15 books and edited books, and his articles have been published in journals such as Research Policy, Journal of Business Venturing, Small Business Economics, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, and Journal of Small Business Management.
Annaleena Parhankangas is Assistant Professor at University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. During the past years, she also held positions at New Jersey Institute of Technology and Helsinki University of Technology. Her research focuses on the interaction dynamics between entrepreneurs and their key resource holders, such as investors and alliance partners. She serves on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Perspectives, Journal of Business Venturing, Venture Capital: Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance and International Journal of Technoentrepreneurship. Her research has been published in Journal of Business Venturing, Research Policy, Organizational Studies, Small Business Economics, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development and Business Strategy and Environment.
Alain Fayolle is a Professor of entrepreneurship, the Founder and Director of The Entrepreneurship Research Centre at EM Lyon Business School, France. His research interests cover a range of topics in the field of entrepreneurship. He has been (or still is) acting as an e
'Real-life entrepreneurs succeed by challenging dominant business models. Progress in entrepreneurship research should match this logic. This book offers many disruptive yet actionable ideas that entrepreneurship scholars can use to challenge dominant assumptions and to publish interesting entrepreneurship research.' - Carlo Salvato, Professor, Bocconi University, Italy
'Challenging Entrepreneurship Research is intentionally a mind-expanding book. It not only embraces and extends the consensus (or mainstream) lines of thought in entrepreneurship's mainstream, but also brings in the dissensus, non-mainstream, lines of thought. Together, the book is a thoughtful dialectic. I found myself constantly jumping back and forth in the book connecting and contrasting the ideas of the different authors, invariably returning new insights and thoughts about the process of entrepreneurship research in which we all share.' - Jerome Katz, Professor, Saint Louis University, USA
'Entrepreneurship research has undoubtedly come a long way over the past two decades both conceptually and empirically and now is an opportune time to take stock and question the direction of travel. This stimulating volume provides a number of insightful contributions that help point the way forward. Researchers increasingly need to engage with practice and policy, not only to ensure the relevance of entrepreneurship research but also to identify interesting research questions and this is an important message reinforced in this volume. As the contributions make clear, such engagement involves consideration of the dark side of entrepreneurship as a complement to the overwhelmingly positive perspectives that have previously dominated the agenda.' – Mike Wright, Professor, Imperial College London, UK
'Well-timed, this volume represents a much-needed contribution to a growing research literature that has taken as its task to pr