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Christine Weigel and Christian Soost

The context of entrepreneurial processes has gained increasing attention in entrepreneurship research. In the past, qualitative methods have dominated the field of contextual entrepreneurship research. It seems that quantitative researchers are still unsure about how to empirically model the complexity of the field. Most quantitative studies have used rather simple regression modelling techniques that have been criticized by contextual researchers for having too many shortcomings and for oversimplifying contextual complexity. Chapter 10 provides some suggestions on the empirical-quantitative framing of entrepreneurship in context. It offers methods for confirming assumed contextual relationships, but also for discovering new contextual interactions.

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Christine Weigel and Anna Müller

Nowadays publishing research results is a crucial element of becoming a distinguished researcher. Especially early career entrepreneurship researchers without tenured positions aim to do research which has a greater possibility of being published in highly ranked journals. Chapter 14 focuses not only on the importance of getting published in journals, but also takes a closer look at the current PhD education system for entrepreneurship researchers. The authors conducted interviews with young researchers from Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Although it is important to teach early career researchers how to get published in highly ranked journals, there are potentially negative long-term consequences. If early career researchers are taught that getting published is the only important career component, they might remain in an academic ivory tower without answering questions which are relevant for other target groups.

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Friederike Welter , David Urbano, Turki Alfahaid, Abdullah Aljarodi, Elsa Breit, Andreas Buhrandt, Débora de Castro Leal, Sina Feldermann, Jonas Janisch, Philipp Köhn, Tatiana Lopez, Anne Löscher, Anna Müller, Max Paschke, Philipp Julian Ruf, Julia Schnittker and Christine Weigel

What does relevance and impact in entrepreneurship mean, why should we care about making research relevant especially as early career researchers and which challenges do researchers face in order to realise impactful and relevant research? These are the questions raised in Chapter 1. The discussion helps us to understand and to distinguish the concepts of relevance and impact. Early career and leading researchers reflect on their tasks in both academic and non-academic worlds and are critically re-thinking the current ways of defining scholarly impact through well-known measurements. The authors suggest the encouragement of research that is meaningful for different target groups such as practitioners, academic organisations and wider society.