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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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
JournalEntrepreneurship Theory and Practice
Early online date29 Mar 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 29 Mar 2020

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