Is There an Elephant in Entrepreneurship? Blind Assumptions in Theory Development

  title={Is There an Elephant in Entrepreneurship? Blind Assumptions in Theory Development},
  author={William B. Gartner},
  journal={Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice},
  pages={27 - 39}
  • W. Gartner
  • Published 22 June 2001
  • Business
  • Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
This article uses the six key specification decisions for entrepreneurship research (purpose, theoretical perspective, focus, level of analysis, time frame, and methodology) outlined in Low and MacMillan (1988) to explore unstated assumptions in entrepreneurship theory development. An article by Shane and Venkataraman (2000), “The Promise of Entrepreneurship as a Field of Research,” is analyzed and recommended as a model for clarity. A recommendation is made that the field of entrepreneurship… 
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