Researching Entrepreneurship

Conceptualization and Design

  • Per Davidsson

Part of the International Studies in Entrepreneurship book series (ISEN, volume 33)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Per Davidsson
    Pages 1-19
  3. Per Davidsson
    Pages 21-40
  4. Per Davidsson
    Pages 41-73
  5. Per Davidsson
    Pages 75-113
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    Pages 115-154
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    Pages 155-193
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    Pages 217-245
  10. Per Davidsson
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  11. Per Davidsson
    Pages 285-297
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 299-300

About this book


In this book, one of the most highly recognized entrepreneurship scholars shares in a personal and readable way his rich experience and ideas on how entrepreneurship can be researched. Entrepreneurship is a phenomenon of tremendous societal importance. It is also an elusive phenomenon, which makes researching it fun, fascinating—and frustrating at times. In this fully updated edition, numerous real examples accompany the treatment of problems and solutions concerning design, sampling, operationalization and analysis. 

Researching Entrepreneurship is targeted primarily at research students and academics who are relatively new to research or to entrepreneurship research. This said, basic knowledge of research methods is assumed, and when foundational issues are discussed they are typically approach from a non-standard angle and/or with an eye to illuminate entrepreneurship-specific problems and solutions. This makes large parts of the contents potentially valuable for entrepreneurship scholars at any level of research proficiency. The book is also of interest to sophisticated, non-academic users with a professional interest in collecting and analyzing data from emerging and young ventures, and to those who make use of published entrepreneurship research. For example, analysts in marketing research or consultancy firms, business associations, statistical agencies and other government offices may find this book to be a valuable tool. Moreover, while the examples are derived from entrepreneurship research, the book provides a unique "experienced empirical researcher" (rather than "textbook method expert") treatment of issues that are of equal relevance across the social sciences. This goes for topics like the role of theory; research design; validity assessment; statistical inference, and replication.

Entrepreneurship research has developed rapidly in the decade that has passed since the first edition. Therefore, all chapters have been comprehensively updated and many have been extended; sometimes to twice the original length. Two of the original chapters have been excluded to make room for entirely new chapters on “the Dependent Variable” and “The Entrepreneurship Nexus.” While retaining a unique, personal tone, the author uses examples and references that build on contributions from a large number of top entrepreneurship researchers.


Entrepreneurship Research Development Variables Entrepreneurship Entrepreneurship Nexus Research Design Replication and Analysis Methods Survey Reliability and Validity Sampling

Authors and affiliations

  • Per Davidsson
    • 1
  1. 1.QUT Business SchoolQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-26691-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-26692-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1572-1922
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-5884
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