Handbook of Research on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
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Handbook of Research on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

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.
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Chapter 6: Synthesising knowledge in entrepreneurship research - the role of systematic literature reviews

Luke Pittaway, Robin Holt and Jean Broad


This chapter explains a method new to entrepreneurship inquiry and a recent introduction to management inquiry, the systematic literature review (SLR). It discusses the current status of entrepreneurship research and shows that it has been criticised for being fragmented when drawing evidence from its wide disciplinary base. The chapter argues for greater reflection in entrepreneurship research and the SLR is introduced as one method by which both reflection and integration can be achieved. It progresses by introducing the method using examples from four previous studies and it outlines the basic principles. The conclusions highlight how the method can be of value within the field of entrepreneurship and outline its limitations.

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