Thomas Kenworthy is Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship in the School of Business, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, USA.
Finding Practical Knowledge in Entrepreneurship
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2013
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Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
Volume 37, Issue 5, pages 983–997, September 2013
How to Cite
Kenworthy, T. and McMullan, W. E. (2013), Finding Practical Knowledge in Entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 37: 983–997. doi: 10.1111/etap.12048
- Issue published online: 10 SEP 2013
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2013
Research in the pre-paradigmatic, applied scientific field of entrepreneurship is characterized mainly as exploratory. This article advocates for a considerable shift toward a more effective applied research agenda. An applied research program is proposed based on modifications to a Lakatosian research program. The agenda extends beyond typical calls for more replication work to include a focus on practical outcomes, practical significance, and surprising findings among other things. The intent is to produce substantially more practical knowledge—knowledge that is useful to entrepreneurs, policy makers, educators, and scholars.