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dc.contributor.authorMcDonald, Seonaidh
dc.contributor.authorGan, Bee Ching
dc.contributor.authorFraser, Simon S.
dc.contributor.authorOke, Adekunle
dc.contributor.authorAnderson, Alistair R.
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-06T08:56:09Z
dc.date.available2015-05-06T08:56:09Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.citationMCDONALD, S., GAN, B.C., FRASER, S.S., OKE, A. and ANDERSON, A.R., 2015. A review of research methods in entrepreneurship 1985-2013. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, 21 (3), pp. 291 – 315.en
dc.identifier.issn1355-2554en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10059/1195
dc.description.abstractPurpose: This study addresses the research questions: Which methodologies and data gathering methods are employed by researchers publishing in top entrepreneurship journals, and how has this changed over time? Design: The data gathering methods of research published in five top entrepreneurship journals between 1985 and 2013, a period of nearly three decades, were recorded. Findings: The data demonstrate that entrepreneurship research is dominated by positivist approaches and data gathering methods, but that this picture is changing over time. The data also reveal differences in methods used in research published in North American and European journals. Research implications: It is argued that increased discussion of the limitations, benefits and implications of research methods is needed across the field as a whole. It is concluded that although there is some methodological reflexivity in the field of a macro, abstract nature, there is little at the micro level of individual research designs. Originality/value: There is a number of existing reviews of methods in the field but none over such a long time period that include such a large corpus of papers. Of particular value to scholars engaged in debates about the proportions and merits of different research methods is the identification of long term trends away from primary data gathering in general and survey approaches in particular. Debates surrounding the existence of different regional ‘schools’ of entrepreneurship will be informed by the differing patterns of methods found in the five outlets included in the study.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited.en
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Volume 21 Number 3en
dc.rightsThis article is (c) Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here (https://openair.rgu.ac.uk/). Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited.en
dc.subjectResearch methodsen
dc.subjectQualitative researchen
dc.subjectEuropean schoolen
dc.titleA review of research methods in entrepreneurship 1985-2013.en
dc.typeJournal articlesen
dc.publisher.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-02-2014-0021en


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