In Search of Research Excellence

In Search of Research Excellence

Exemplars in Entrepreneurship

Ronald K. Mitchell and Richard N. Dino

This path-breaking book gathers ‘best practices’ advice from the masters about how to achieve excellence in entrepreneurship research, how to create an outstanding research career and how to avoid the pitfalls that can sidetrack emerging scholars. Combining narratives from the 2009 and 2010 Entrepreneurship Exemplars Conferences, the authors frame the dialogue using person–environment fit theory and present keynote addresses and dialogue sessions that bring together editors and authors to reach into the unexplored corners of the top-tier research craft.

Chapter 1: In Search of Entrepreneurship Research Excellence: A Person–environment Fit Approach

Ronald K. Mitchell, Keith H. Brigham, H. Jackson Walker and Richard N. Dino

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


1. In search of entrepreneurship research excellence: a person– environment fit approach Ronald K. Mitchell, Keith H. Brigham, H. Jackson Walker, Richard N. Dino As a second-year PhD student, my feeling is simply ‘the sun has shined.’ I would call my experience with this conference ‘completely transformative’; the conference extraordinarily succeeded in transferring tacit knowledge about excellent scholarship, which helped [in] clearing up the myth associated with top journal publications. Sondos Abdelgawad, PhD candidate ESADE Business School Barcelona, Spain For many new scholars, the craft of top-tier journal publication seems to be shrouded in myth. But, as noted in the opening quote to this chapter, when knowledge is revealed from behind this veil of myth, it can be transformative! Transformation is the purpose of this book. Our aim is to make the transformative ideas evoked during the first Entrepreneurship Research Exemplars Conference more accessible to new and emerging scholars and to those who advise them. This Conference was an invited best-practices conference for advancing research excellence in entrepreneurship, which was held May 28–30, 2009 at the University of Connecticut School of Business, with one purpose in mind: learning from example. Within the pages of this book you will find transcripts of candid and enlightening editor/author interactions with respect to publishing high-quality entrepreneurship research in ten top journals,1 as well as the keynote addresses of leaders in top-tier entrepreneurship research2 who shared their insights about the ‘process’ of producing outstanding works within the entrepreneurship research craft. While these insights...

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