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What's interesting in entrepreneurial education research? Identifying conversants sharing common interests in the field
Lund University School Of Economics And Management, Lund, Sweden; Norwegian University Of Science And Technology, Trondheim, Norway.
Halmstad University, School of Business, Innovation and Sustainability.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0680-1883
Lund University School Of Economics And Management, Lund, Sweden; Norwegian University Of Science And Technology, Trondheim, Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5842-8825
Norwegian University Of Science And Technology, Trondheim, Norway.
2022 (English)In: International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, ISSN 1355-2554, E-ISSN 1758-6534, Vol. 28, no 9, p. 104-131Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Purpose: In this study, the authors develop knowledge and insights on how the perception of interestingness influences the structure and focus of conversations in entrepreneurial education (EE) research. In particular, the authors elaborate on what is perceived as interesting among different subgroups of EE researchers, and not least, how EE researchers can identify and engage in scholarly conversation within the field. Design/methodology/approach: The study is based on a unique database with web-based responses from 465 EE researchers from around the world. The authors conduct analyses of both open-ended and closed questions. The open-ended questions are analyzed by inductive categorization. The closed questions are subject to factor and cluster analyses. Findings: The findings suggest that EE research is a topic-oriented field, characterized by a strong focus on novel and challenging research issues. In addition, the field is individualistic and fragmented, and the perception of interestingness differs between five subgroups of EE researchers, whose members have a somewhat different perception of interestingness. Accordingly, the authors also find different core conversations going on within the field. Obviously, these conversations tend to be triggered by the field's obsession with novelty and challenging research, but several conversations are related to practically relevant research, as well as methodological and theoretical discussions. Originality/value: This is the first study to elaborate on the perception of interestingness among EE researchers and the conversations going on within the field. In the study the authors have explored the characteristics of EE research based on the perception of interestingness among the researchers within the field. In this respect, this study contributes insights on how current and aspiring EE researchers can find and build scholarly conversations embedded in passionate interest, while concurrently disseminating and accumulating knowledge on EE together with like-minded peers. © 2022, Hans Landström, Jonas Gabrielsson, Diamanto Politis and Roger Sørheim.

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Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2022. Vol. 28, no 9, p. 104-131
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Enterprise education, Entrepreneurial education, Entrepreneurship education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-48977DOI: 10.1108/IJEBR-07-2021-0599ISI: 000792817800001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85132628524OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-48977DiVA, id: diva2:1720812
Available from: 2022-12-20 Created: 2022-12-20 Last updated: 2022-12-20Bibliographically approved

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