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Advancing Qualitative Entrepreneurship Research: Leveraging Methodological Plurality for Achieving Scholarly Impact

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  • Elco van Burg
  • Joep Cornelissen
  • Wouter Stam
  • Sarah Jack
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/01/2022
<mark>Journal</mark>Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
Issue number1
Number of pages18
Pages (from-to)3-20
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date7/08/20
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This editorial aims to advance the use of qualitative research methods when studying entrepreneurship. First, it outlines four characteristics of the domain of entrepreneurship that qualitative research is uniquely placed to address. In studying these characteristics, we urge researchers to leverage the plurality of different qualitative approaches, including less conventional methods. Second, to help researchers develop high-level theoretical contributions, we point to multiple possible contributions, and highlight how such contributions can be developed through qualitative methods. Thus, we aim to broaden the types of contributions and forms that qualitative entrepreneurship research takes, in ways that move beyond prototypical inductive theory-building.