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Researching entrepreneurship through phenomenological inquiry: philosophical and methodological issues

Cope, J P (2003) Researching entrepreneurship through phenomenological inquiry: philosophical and methodological issues. Working Paper. Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development, Lancaster University.

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    Abstract

    In recent years, the field of entrepreneurship has witnessed an emerging body of research that operates within an interpretive paradigm. In contributing to this research tradition, this article explicates an interpretive, phenomenological form of inquiry, described by Thompson et al (1989) as the 'phenomenological interview'. Particular attention is paid to the ontological and epistemological foundations of this approach, illustrating the evolution from philosophy to methodology. The article demonstrates how a phenomenological commitment to research translates into a set of issues that provide the methodological context for these in-depth, unstructured interviews. The application of this method is then demonstrated with reference to case study research that was conducted with six practising entrepreneurs, which utilised phenomenological interviews as the primary research tool. The article concludes with a discussion of some important caveats that surround the use of the phenomenological interview

    Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: interpretive ; phenomenological ; philosophy ; methodology ; interview
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    Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Institute for Enterprise & Entrepeneurial Development (IEED)
    ID Code: 48660
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 11 Jul 2011 22:05
    Refereed?: No
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 27 Jul 2012 01:12
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/48660

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