Edited by William B. Gartner and Bruce T. Teague
Chapter 8: Practicing participant observations: capturing entrepreneurial practices
In this chapter, the author shares experiences of using different kinds of participant observations to capture entrepreneurial processes and practices. The potential for theory development inherent in researchers gaining embodied experiences of entrepreneurship as practice is a theme of the chapter. Dilemmas encountered in the field, such as blending in or not blending in, closeness versus distance as well as issues of power distance and division of labor, are discussed. By using examples from her own ethnographically oriented research in both Sweden and East Africa, the author wishes to inspire others to engage in informed experimentation with participant observation and ethnographic approaches in their studies of entrepreneurship.
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