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It'S All About The Data: Challenges And Solutions In The Study Of Nascent Entrepreneurs

  • GERGANA MARKOVA

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    (Department of Management, Barton School of Business, Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita, KS 67260-0048, USA)

  • JOHN PERRY

    (Department of Management, Barton School of Business, Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita, KS 67260-0048, USA)

  • STEVEN M. FARMER

    (Department of Management, Barton School of Business, Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita, KS 67260-0048, USA)

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    Entrepreneurship research has been criticized for a lack of methodological rigor, although evidence suggests that from a methodological perspective, it is improving (Davidsson, 2006). In this paper, we systematically review the methods used in the study of nascent entrepreneurs to identify challenges associated with the data used in these studies. We also review the field's achievements — notably, the successful use of representative sampling of populations of nascent entrepreneurs — and we raise concerns about the predominant use of secondary data sets and the use of scales originally developed for large, established firms. Drawing on methodological advancements in other fields, we offer suggestions related to study design, data collection, sampling and measurement. Although some of the challenges we note are inherent to the nature of entrepreneurship, we hope our discussion can help researchers design better studies and better interpret their findings.

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    Volume (Year): 16 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 02 ()
    Pages: 169-198

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