Dealing With Heterogeneity in Entrepreneurship Research

Davidsson, Per (2007) Dealing With Heterogeneity in Entrepreneurship Research. In Gillin, L. Murray (Ed.) 4th AGSE International Entrepreneurship Research Exchange 2007, 6 - 9 February, Brisbane, Australia.


It has been argued that entrepreneurship research has not come far enough, fast enough (Low, 2001). Although the volume of research has grown dramatically, as has the number of specific sub-topics covered, there are relatively few issues on which the entrepreneurship research community has arrived at a consensus. Arguably, one factor that hampers knowledge development in entrepreneurship is the heterogeneity of the phenomenon. Business ventures are stated 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 result and increased bewilderment. This paper discusses strategies for dealing with the entrepreneurship phenomenon's inherent heterogeneity in research design, sampling, operationalization and analysis, so that individual studies can contribute to knowledge accumulation rather than to increased confusion. Specific instances of exemplary, published works that have employed these strategies are discussed throughout the paper.

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ID Code: 12936
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Heterogeneity, Entrepreneurship, Reserach
ISBN: 9780980332803
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 10 Mar 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:36

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