The purpose of this course is to introduce PhD candidates to topics studied in Entrepreneurship (ENT) research. The focus will be on contemporary Entrepreneurship research, meaning topics discussed in the last 5 years in academic articles published in top Entrepreneurship (Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal) and General Management journals (e.g., Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly). On occasion, the course may employ articles published in related fields (e.g., Innovation, Information Systems, Psychology, Strategic Management) if the respective articles are discussing topics relevant for entrepreneurship research.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
The course objectives are twofold. First, PhD candidates will become familiar with the topics and debates currently active in the ENT research community, which may support them in choosing or refining the topic of their own doctoral dissertation. Second, PhD candidates will develop an understanding, in the broader sense, of what makes a paper publishable in top academic journals, and learn to critically assess academic articles (e.g., the relevance of the theoretical gap, use of theories, suitability of the methods for a specific research question).
Teaching and learning activities
Overall the course will have 8 sessions spread over 4 days (one session in the morning and one in the afternoon), each on a different entrepreneurship topic. The 8 topics I consider covering are the following:
- entrepreneurial decision-making
- entrepreneurial finance
- entrepreneurial/co-founder teams
- social entrepreneurship
- economics of entrepreneurship
- methodological advances in entrepreneurship research
- new venture creation
- new venture growth and failure
Attendance is mandatory for all participants. The Course Director assesses if and how absence may be compensated.
Students are assessed based on
- active classroom discussions of the articles students have to read before the course starts
- presentation(s) of one or two articles assigned by the course instructor (depending on the number of students registered to the course)
- a proposal for a paper on one of the 8 main topics/themes discussed in the course (maximum 5000 words including references) due one month after the last session of the course.
LITERATURE AND OTHER TEACHING MATERIALS
18-22 academic articles on entrepreneurship topics published recently (i.e. last 5 years) or “in press” in top academic journals (downloadable from SSE Library’s databases).
Please see below a few examples of articles considered for inclusion (the list is neither exhaustive nor definitive):
Maula, M., & Stam, W. (2020). Enhancing rigor in quantitative entrepreneurship research. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 1059-1090.
Vladasel, T., Lindquist, M. J., Sol, J., & Van Praag, M. (2021). On the origins of entrepreneurship: Evidence from sibling correlations. Journal of Business Venturing, 36(5), 106017.
Shepherd, D. A., Souitaris, V., & Gruber, M. (2021). Creating new ventures: A review and research agenda. Journal of Management, 47(1), 11-42.
Wennberg, K., Anderson, B. S., & McMullen, J. (2019). 2 Editorial: Enhancing Quantitative Theory-Testing Entrepreneurship Research (No. 323). The Ratio Institute.
Grégoire, D. A., Binder, J. K., & Rauch, A. (2019). Navigating the validity tradeoffs of entrepreneurship research experiments: A systematic review and best-practice suggestions. Journal of Business Venturing, 34(2), 284-310.
McMullen, J. S., Brownell, K. M., & Adams, J. (2021). What makes an entrepreneurship study entrepreneurial? Toward a unified theory of entrepreneurial agency. Entrepreneurship theory and practice, 45(5), 1197-1238.
Bennett, V. M., & Chatterji, A. K. (2019). The entrepreneurial process: Evidence from a nationally representative survey. Strategic Management Journal.
Castellaneta, F., Conti, R., & Kacperczyk, O. K. (2020). The (un) intended consequences of lowering entry barriers: evidence from a quasi-natural experiment. Strategic Management Journal, 41(7), 1274-1302.