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Journal Issue
Volume 2 Issue 2 / Jul 2003  pp47‑170

Editor: Arthur Money

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Conceptualising Participatory Action Research — Three Different Practices  pp47‑58

Stefan Cronholm, Göran Goldkuhl

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The Undergraduate Dissertation: Subject‑centred or Student‑centred?  pp59‑66

Tina Shadforth, Brendon Harvey

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Increasing business students' Confidence in Questioning the Validity and Reliability of their Research  pp67‑76

Teresa Smallbone, Sarah Quinton

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Multi‑perspective Management Research: Fusion or Confusion?  pp77‑84

Les Worrall

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Grounded Theory and the 'And' in Entrepreneurship Research  pp85‑94

David Douglas

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Abstract

The paper puts forward the researching of entrepreneurship through the application of grounded theory methodology. Like much business and management research it contends that entrepreneurship research should both embrace the complex processes of enterprise activity and the inherent contextual factors that effect entrepreneurial behaviour. Accounts from other fields of social inquiry have conveyed the worthiness of grounded theory in phenomenological studies. The paper considers grounded theory methodology against the canons of accomplishing worthy social (scientific) inquiry. It addresses grounded theory as a means of emphasising how socially constructed experience is created and given meaning. It concludes that the requisite properties of grounded theory whilst addressing the principles of substantive social inquiry, as in entrepreneurship research, with some contextual and methodological considerations, offers an inductive approach to revealing complex characteristics of enterprise management, and potentially other business areas of inquiry. 

 

Keywords: Grounded Theory, Research, Naturalistic, Canons, Entrepreneurship

 

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Using a Multimethod Approach to Research Enterprise Systems Implementations  pp95‑108

José Esteves, Joan Pastor

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Using the Glaserian Approach in Grounded Studies of Emerging Business Practices  pp109‑120

Walter Fernandez

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Issues in Online Focus Groups: Lessons Learned from an Empirical Study of Peer‑to‑Peer Filesharing System Users  pp121‑136

Jerald Hughes, Karl R. Lang

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Perspectives on Management Research Design and Orientation: Quandaries and Choices  pp137‑144

Beverley Jones

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A Researcher's Dilemma ‑ Philosophical and Methodological Pluralism  pp145‑154

Karl Knox

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From PostGrad to Professional: Useful tips for choosing and executing a doctoral thesis  pp155‑160

Sam Lubbe

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Historiography — A Neglected Research Method in Business and Management Studies  pp161‑170

John O'Brien, Dan Remenyi, Aideen Keaney

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