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 5: Challenges we Face as Entrepreneurship Scholars Publishing in Top Journals

R. Duane Ireland

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


R. Duane Ireland Ireland, Duane: Good morning and thank you very much for the opportunity to be here – it is certainly a significant honor for me. As Rich Dino and Ron Mitchell have said, this room is filled with incredible scholars. I have learned so much from all of these scholars and certainly the scholars who are with us internationally and domestically via the Internet as well. So, thank you for the opportunity to be here and thank all of you for the scholarship that you have produced over the years. It is your scholarship that is the foundation for what we have today – and what we will build on to produce tomorrow’s scholarship. Thanks to all of you for your contributions and for the intellectual stimuli you provide to each of us as we continue to think about significant entrepreneurship research questions. This is an outline as to the topics that I will address in our time together. I’ll discuss my journey with entrepreneurship research. I will try to provide a little bit of perspective about entrepreneurship research from my viewpoint. And, this will be somewhat consistent (I hope) with what Venkat talked partly about in another session with respect to interesting research [Sankaran Venkataraman: Chapter 7]. We actually did not talk to each other before this, so this is truly a coincidence that we both chose to speak about interesting scholarship/interesting research. I then will draw from some inputs from journal editors to speak to identifying challenges that...

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