Title: Designing a phenomenological research model for entrepreneurship research

Authors: Armstrong Abebrese

Addresses: Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University, Room 217, Garthdee Campus, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen AB10 7QE, UK

Abstract: This paper presents evolving guidelines for undertaking phenomenological study in entrepreneurship. Building on the review of philosophical ideas that could inform the choice of methodology in a specific discipline, the paper unearths the essential tenets of two phenomenological schools of thought - descriptive and interpretive phenomenology, and describes how those tenets served as a guide to undertake a research activity in entrepreneurship. This paper, therefore, proposes a phenomenological research design, which has been used to undertake entrepreneurship study that shed more understanding on the link between institutions and entrepreneurship, for consideration in future entrepreneurship research using the phenomenological approach.

Keywords: entrepreneurship; Heidegger; Husserl; descriptive phenomenology; interpretive phenomenology; phenomenological research design; phenomenological research modelling.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2014.063777

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2014 Vol.22 No.3, pp.286 - 306

Published online: 29 Jul 2014 *

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