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Strategies for Dealing with Heterogeneity in Entrepreneurship Research

Davidsson, Per (2007) Strategies for Dealing with Heterogeneity in Entrepreneurship Research. In Solomon, George (Ed.) Academy of Management 2007 Annual Meeting : Doing Well By Doing Good, 3 - 8 August 2007, Philadelphia, United States.

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Abstract

Business ventures are started by individuals and teams with very different backgrounds and motivations, pursuing business ideas of very variable inherent quality in environments that also show tremendous variability. As a result it is difficult to arrive at broadly valid generalizations, and studies that include all the variance at once risk arriving at nothing but weak results and increased bewilderment. This paper discusses strategies for dealing with the entrepreneurship phenomenon’s inherent heterogeneity in research design, sampling, operationalization and analysis; i.e., strategies that may help individual entrepreneurship studies better contribute to knowledge accumulation. Specific instances of exemplary works that have employed these strategies are discussed throughout the paper.

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ID Code: 12837
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: Access to the author-version is currently restricted pending permission from the publisher. For more information, please refer to the conference's website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
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Keywords: Entrepreneurship, Heterogeneity, Research Methods, Research Design, Sampling, Operationalisation, Analysis
ISSN: 1543-8643
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Business and Management not elsewhere classified (150399)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Academy of Management
Deposited On: 03 Mar 2008
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2011 15:44

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