Method challenges and opportunities in the psychological study of entrepreneurship
Davidsson, Per (2007) Method challenges and opportunities in the psychological study of entrepreneurship. In Baum, J.R., Frese, M., & Baron, R.A. (Eds.) The Psychology of Entrepreneurship. L. Erlbaum Associates, Mahway, N.J., pp. 287-323.
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Generated from Introduction: As the title suggests this chapter will discuss a number of method issues that researchers face when doing psychological research on the elusive but important phenomenon we call "entrepreneurship". To get our bearings right, I should explain upfront that these issues will be discussed from the perspective of a researcher who has extensive experience from empirical entrepreneurship research on different levels of analysis and using different theoretical points of departure—including psychological studies on the individual level—but with limited formal training in psychology. While I can claim some expertise as entrepreneurship researcher and took my Ph.D. in a unit for Economic Psychology in a business school, I am not a psychologist. My knowledge of psychology is like an archipelago of islands separated by unknown waters and there is therefore risk that I am naive or ignorant at times regarding how the research problems and opportunities appear from the perspective of psychology proper. What I can offer in return is multi-disciplinary and method insights within the specific domain of entrepreneurship research that do not necessarily come with standard research training in psychology. Continues...
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