Look who is talking ... and who is listening: Finding an integrative “we” voice in entrepreneurial scholarship

Dimo Dimov, Reiner Schaefer, Joseph Pistrui

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Abstract

This paper explores the relationship between the study of entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurs we study. While scholars typically adopt a detached, third-person stance for the purpose of explaining and predicting entrepreneurial action, entrepreneurs instead operate in a first-person stance of deciding what to do. The two stances cannot be reduced to one another. We argue that an engaged dialogue – a second-person stance – can bring scholars and entrepreneurs together into a unifying practical decision-making perspective. By working to develop this integrative voice in scholarship, we can collapse the dualism of rigour and relevance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1176-1196
Number of pages21
JournalEntrepreneurship Theory and Practice
Volume45
Issue number5
Early online date29 Mar 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2021

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