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PDW: Contextualization & the Rigor-Relevance Debate

  • 1.  PDW: Contextualization & the Rigor-Relevance Debate

    Posted 18 days ago
    Session Type: PDW Workshop
    Program Session: 479 | Submission: 12134 | Sponsor(s): (ENT)
    Scheduled: Saturday, Aug 10 2019 3:45PM - 5:45PM at Boston Marriott Copley Place in Grand Ballroom Salon IJK
     
    Escaping Schumpeter's Shadow: The Power of Contextualization in the Rigor-Relevance Debate
    Contextualization & The Rigor-Relevance Debate
    Theme: Understanding the Inclusive OrganizationResearch

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    View Sessions for this Participant Organizer: Sophie Catherine Bacq, Indiana U. - Kelley School of Business
    View Sessions for this Participant Organizer: David Matthew Townsend, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State U.
    View Sessions for this Participant Panelist: Dean Shepherd, U. of Notre Dame
    View Sessions for this Participant Panelist: G. T. Lumpkin, U. of Oklahoma
    View Sessions for this Participant Panelist: Friederike Welter, IfM Bonn / U. of Siegen
    View Sessions for this Participant Panelist: Ted Baker, Rutgers U.
    View Sessions for this Participant Panelist: Richard Hunt, Virginia Tech
    View Sessions for this Participant Panelist: William B. Gartner, Babson College
    In recent years, the field of entrepreneurship has made significant strides towards the goal of enhancing the theoretical and methodological rigor of entrepreneurship research, a step many scholars believe is critical in enhancing the scientific legitimacy of the field. These gains in rigor come at a price as contemporary scholarship adopts a decontextualized and narrow focus on high-growth, high-tech ventures operated largely in urban contexts. Unfortunately, this research tends to ignore alternative innovation pathways or models of organizing emerging in contexts outside of what is increasingly considered the mainstream of the field of entrepreneurship. Yet in parallel, there is a growing awareness that the contextualization of entrepreneurship research in diverse settings generates remarkable insights into the adaptability of entrepreneurial actors, alternative approaches to innovation and change, and the diversity of organizing activities outside of the mainstream of the field. The purpose of this PDW is to build on this growing stream of research advocating for the contextualization of entrepreneurship research in light of the rigor-relevance debate in the field. To guide these discussions, we are convening a panel of experts who will outline emerging entrepreneurship research streams in non-traditional contexts. The goal of these discussions is to highlight how contextualization generates new insights for established and emerging theories, providing fresh perspectives that enable the field to transcend the opposition between rigor and relevance.


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    David Townsend
    Blacksburg VA
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