Abstract

The entrepreneurial process encompassing all the decisions, functions, and actions associated with the perception of opportunities and creation of organizations to pursue them has generated considerable academic interest (Shane, 2012; Venkataraman et al., 2012). Entrepreneurship research has proliferated in top scholarly journals, with a wide variety of methods being used to shed light on the phenomenon of interest (Streb & Gupta, 2012). An important aspect of the greater methodological diversity in the field is the incursion of qualitative research (Neergard & Ulhoi, 2007). The primary objectives of the present study are to (1) review and assess the methodological aspects of the growing qualitative research in entrepreneurship, (2) offer insights as to the ‘state of the art’ of qualitative methods, and (3) discuss the implications for future development of the field.

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