A Guide to Steer Your Academic Career
Edited by Alain Fayolle and Mike Wright
Chapter 4: Getting published - and cited - in entrepreneurship: reflections on ten papers
I grew up in academic heaven. At least for me it was. Not only was Sweden in the late 1980s paradise for any kind of empirical research, with rich and high-quality business statistics being made available to researchers without them having to sign away their lives, over 70 percent response rates achieved in mail surveys to almost any group (if you knew how to do them), and boards of directors opening their doors to more qualitatively orientated researchers to sit in during their meetings. In addition, I perceived an environment with a very high degree of academic freedom, letting me do whatever I found interesting and important. I am sure for others it was sheer hell, with very unclear career paths and rules of the game. Career progression (something which rarely entered my mind) meant that you tried as best you could and then you put all your work ñ reports, books, book chapters, conference papers, maybe even published articles ñ in a box and had some external committee of professors look at it. If you were lucky they liked what they saw for whatever reasons their professorial wisdom dictated, and you got hired or promoted. If you were not so lucky you would not get the job or the promotion, without quite knowing why. So people could easily imagine an old boysí club ñ whose members were themselves largely unproven in international, peer review publishing ñ picking whoever they wanted by whatever criteria they chose to apply.
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