A Research Agenda for Entrepreneurship and Context
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A Research Agenda for Entrepreneurship and Context

  • Elgar Research Agendas

Edited by Friederike Welter and William B. Gartner

There is growing recognition that entrepreneurship can be better understood within its context(s). This carefully designed book invites readers to take a journey: from reflecting critically on where the discussion on context and entrepreneurship stands today towards identifying future research questions and themes that deserve the attention of entrepreneurship scholars. This collection draws attention to the research challenges the entrepreneurship field faces by reviewing the many facets of contexts and by reflecting on methods and theoretical approaches that are required in order to contextualize entrepreneurship research. Students and academics interested in context and entrepreneurship will benefit from this far-reaching and forward-thinking book.
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Chapter 11: Historical methods for contextualizing entrepreneurship research

R. Daniel Wadhwani

Abstract

This chapter describes the use of historical methods in entrepreneurship research, including issues related to (a) data and sources, (b) interpretation and analysis, and (c) the form in which findings are presented. It places these methodological issues in the context of the opportunities and challenges that historical perspective offers in entrepreneurship research. The chapter argues that an understanding of historical methods, and particularly how these methods vary depending on the nature of the research questions and goals, is crucial for the development of historically contextualized research on entrepreneurship.

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