Abstract

The field of Entrepreneurship has experienced increased legitimacy and popularity over the last 25 years and the growth of the field over the last decade being has been exponential. The field’s evolution has benefitted from advances in both theory development and research methodology resulting in an increase in the number of entrepreneurship publications in both general management journals and entrepreneurship focused journals, the latter of which have grown in prestige. However, advances in theory development have outstripped those in research methodology (Dean, Shook & Payne, 2007).

A number of studies that systematically examined the methodologies employed in research throughout the field (e.g., Chandler & Lyon, 2001, Busenitz, et al., 2003, Crook, et al, 2010, Dean, et al. 2007) have noted that the rigor in the discipline has increased over time. In this study we build on previous research by expanding the journals included in our examination. We also empirically test the relationship between the level of rigor employed and the level of importance placed on publication in specific journals by management departments. This enables us to offer a set of recommendations that helps improve the general state of methodological rigor of entrepreneurship research and that benefits scholars as they approach empirical tests in the field.

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