A Guide to Steer Your Academic Career
Edited by Alain Fayolle and Mike Wright
Chapter 5: From idea to publication: managing the research process
There are volumes of books and articles on research methods for business (for example, Bryman and Bell, 2011; Easterby-Smith et al., 2008) and some with a focus on entrepreneurship (for example, Curran and Blackburn, 2001; Davidsson, 2008). However, the actual process of converting a research idea into publication and the stages in this process are complex, subject to a variety of challenges but ultimately rewarding. In this chapter we map out the journey from idea formulation through to publication and draw upon our experiences in doing so. An underlying assumption of the chapter is that there are specific issues, in terms of the knowledge base, theory development and methods, intrinsic to the field of entrepreneurship in this journey and hence lessons that can be learned from previous experiences. One of the great advantages of being an academic is the relative freedom to pursue research agendas of your choice. Yet, researchers have, for some time, been under pressure to disseminate their outputs to both academic and practitioner audiences (for example, Harzing, 2011; Hills, 1999). There is also a growing emphasis on academics to increase their engagement with practitioner and policy organizations and develop research agendas, employ appropriate methods and produce results that will achieve an impact on the economy and society. For researchers in the field, these diverse parties of interest present significant pressures but also opportunities.
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