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Chapter 16 shows how doctoral students and established scientists can benefit from attending business events, at which stages this can be helpful in the research process, and why it can help close the rigour–relevance gap and encourage engaged scholarship. The author presents her own experiences, the diversity of possible approaches and the benefits of business events at the beginning of her research and questions established scientists about their role at and value of business events. Starting a new research project, business events can help gain an overview of developments in the field, anchor the research problem and question it in the real world and establish contacts for possible empiricism. According to established scientists the exchange between science and practice at events is valuable for both sides and although it is difficult to communicate between the systems, it gives us the chance to create something new and common.

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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.