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Handbook of Research on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Handbook of Research on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Elgar original reference

Edited by Elizabeth Chell and Mine Karataş-Özkan

This insightful Handbook focuses on behaviour, performance and relationships in small and entrepreneurial firms. It introduces a variety of contemporary topics, research methods and theoretical frameworks that will provide cutting edge analysis, stimulate thought, raise further questions and demonstrate the complexity of the rapidly-advancing field of entrepreneurship.

Chapter 1: Introduction to the handbook

Elizabeth Chell and Mine Karata-Özkan

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship


Entrepreneurship is a relatively young field; arguably, it is progressing through adolescence, struggling with issues of its identity, with how it is perceived and valued. This may be a contentious statement, but relative to other social sciences, for example, economics, entrepreneurship is perhaps ill-defined and still developing its theoretical base which has yet to be stoutly tested through sound empirical research. The Academy of Management views entrepreneurship as a division not a discipline and likewise the British Academy of Management categorises it as an area of special interest; this despite the scope of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship has only two four-star-rated journals in which scholars may publish their work; the alternative is to publish in lower-rated journals in the field or in journals from the mainstream disciplines. Hence, this series of handbooks published by Edward Elgar is potentially a significant milestone; a marker which may help scholars reflect on how far the subject has come, and where further inter-disciplinary research may be usefully carried out to help solidify the knowledge base that is entrepreneurship. Scholarship in entrepreneurship has grown significantly since the mid-1990s. Over the years we have witnessed disputed territory of how it is defined, its disciplinary bases, the language in which it is couched, the unit of analysis upon which researchers should focus their attention, and a tussle over paradigmatic approaches. Despite interesting and original contributions from across the globe, the field of entrepreneurship has been dominated by Anglo-American perspectives and hence academic production in associated journals.