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

Look who is talking… and who is listening: Finding an integrative “we” voice in entrepreneurial scholarship.
Look who is talking… and who is listening: Finding an integrative “we” voice in entrepreneurial scholarship.
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 dialog—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 rigor and relevance.
Philosophy, second-person stance, entrepreneurial behavior, rigor and relevance
1042-2587
1176-1196
Dimov, Dimo
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Schaefer, Reiner
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Pistrui, Joseph
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Dimov, Dimo
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Schaefer, Reiner
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Pistrui, Joseph
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Dimov, Dimo, Schaefer, Reiner and Pistrui, Joseph (2021) Look who is talking… and who is listening: Finding an integrative “we” voice in entrepreneurial scholarship. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 45 (5), 1176-1196. (doi:10.1177/1042258720914507).

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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 dialog—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 rigor and relevance.

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Accepted/In Press date: 29 March 2020
e-pub ahead of print date: 29 March 2020
Published date: 1 September 2021
Keywords: Philosophy, second-person stance, entrepreneurial behavior, rigor and relevance

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Local EPrints ID: 455913
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/455913
ISSN: 1042-2587
PURE UUID: b14c5521-53d1-478b-82cc-4689f5adc93e

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Last modified: 07 Apr 2022 17:02

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Author: Dimo Dimov
Author: Reiner Schaefer
Author: Joseph Pistrui

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