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The philosophy and practice of interpretivist research in entrepreneurship: Quality, validation and trust

Leitch, Claire and Hill, Frances and Harrison, Richard (2010) The philosophy and practice of interpretivist research in entrepreneurship: Quality, validation and trust. Organizational Research Methods, 13 (1). pp. 67-84. ISSN 1094-4281

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    Abstract

    Knowledge production in entrepreneurship requires inclusivity as well as diversity and pluralism in research perspectives and approaches. In this article, the authors address concerns about interpretivist research regarding validity, reliability, objectivity, generalizability, and communicability of results that militate against its more widespread acceptance. Following the nonfoundationalist argument that all observation is theory-laden, context specific, and that there are no external criteria against which to assess research design and execution and the data produced, the authors propose that quality must be internalized within the underlying research philosophy rather than something to be tested upon completion. This requires a shift from the notion of validity as an outcome to validation as a process. To elucidate this, they provide a guiding framework and present a case illustration that will assist an interpretivist entrepreneurship researcher to establish and demonstrate the quality of their work.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Organizational Research Methods
    Uncontrolled Keywords: entrepreneurship ; interpretivist research ; quality ; validation
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
    Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Management Learning & Leadership
    ID Code: 55480
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 29 Jun 2012 09:39
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 19 Dec 2013 16:55
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/55480

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