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Débora de Castro Leal

Chapter 11 describe what activism has meant for the author, what academic frameworks she has found to be useful in organizing her thoughts and, in turn, what her activist activities have contributed to her academic development. The first year of a PhD has required a constant dialogue and a reflective process that is embedded in understanding the history, culture and local context of the people she has worked with in Brazil. In this journey, the author shares not only her experience and literature but also doubts, frustrations and hopes for building a bridge to span the the gap between academic theory and activist intervention that she has experienced.

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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.