Social constructionism and entrepreneurship: Basic assumptions and consequences for theory and research
2009 (English)In: International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, ISSN 1355-2554, Vol. 15, no 1, 25-47 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Purpose - The purpose of this article is to develop a social constructionist approach to entrepreneurship and to discuss its consequences for entrepreneurship research. Design/methodology/approach - Based on a review of current methodological debates in the entrepreneurship field concerning the need and implications of explicit references to basic scientific assumptions in research texts, a social constructionist perspective is outlined and its theoretical and methodological consequences are discussed. Findings - A social constructionist perspective may contribute to the development of entrepreneurship research both through opening up possibilities for the inclusion of new theoretical fields, and through the demands on new methodological approaches following such theoretical inclusions. Originality/value - Based on an identified lack of research literature discussing underlying scientific assumptions within entrepreneurship, the paper provides a thorough discussion and summary of existing and future social constructionist developments.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 15, no 1, 25-47 p.
Entrepreneurialism, Epistemology, Philosophy, Qualitative methods, Social interaction
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-47608DOI: 10.1108/13552550910934440ScopusID: 2-s2.0-76549091736OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-47608DiVA: diva2:455744
QC 201111182011-11-112011-11-112012-04-27Bibliographically approved