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Conceptual Richness and Methodological Diversity in Entrepreneurship Research

Conceptual Richness and Methodological Diversity in Entrepreneurship Research

European Research in Entrepreneurship series

Edited by Alain Fayolle, Paula Kyrö, Tonis Mets and Urve Venesaar

This important book identifies the current developments within entrepreneurship that are characterized by conceptual richness and methodological diversity. It presents the latest developments of topics such as the entrepreneurial mindset, culture and values as well as advances in entrepreneurship education and development. The contributors open the field for methodological renewal by introducing the current state of and opportunities for explorative research in entrepreneurship.

Chapter 13: Explorative research: an unexploited opportunity for entrepreneurship research

Paula Kyrö, Outi Hägg and Kati Peltonen

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, research methods in business and management


Methodological solutions in entrepreneurship research have become diversified, and awareness about the differences between the European and US orientations has grown. As Welter and Lasch (2008) conclude, the differences between US and European research concern, for example, methodological openness and contextual dimensions of entrepreneurship. As Brush et al. (2008) and Edelman et al. (2009) argue, US-oriented research follows the normative strand of science, whereas the European approach is more innovative and thus more open to criticism as well. Hjorth (2008) also anticipates that in future the Nordic approach in particular will entail cultivating creativity, imagination, experimental and playful approaches, and passionate curiosity, and Wiklund et al. (2006) predict that entrepreneurship as a field is moving in the Nordic direction. By using the metaphor of an explorer, they anticipate that – if this metaphor holds true – these modern explorers will still face perils in the process of discovery and in the process of repatriating their findings in their home cultures.

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