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Critical realism: a suitable vehicle for entrepreneurship research?

Blundel, Richard (2007). Critical realism: a suitable vehicle for entrepreneurship research? In: Neergaard, Helle and Ulhoi, John Parm eds. Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods in Entrepreneurship. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 49–74.

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Abstract

This chapter provides an outline of the origins and principal features of critical realist social theory, followed by a focused review of the methodological implications of this philosophical perspective. The primary purpose of the chapter is to consider why critical realism might offer a suitable ‘vehicle’ for qualitative research in the field of entrepreneurship, and to assess its explanatory potential with reference to recent empirical studies informed by a realist perspective. The concluding section is a reflection on the issues faced by researchers who are considering critical realism against alternative approaches, together with suggestions for further reading.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2007 Helle Neergaard and John Parm Ulhøi
ISBN: 1-84720-959-9, 978-1-84720-959-7
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Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
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Item ID: 28378
Depositing User: Richard Blundel
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2011 09:40
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:52
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/28378
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