Critical research and entrepreneurship: A cross-disciplinary typology

Dey, Pascal; Fletcher, Denise; Verduijn, Karen (2023). Critical research and entrepreneurship: A cross-disciplinary typology International Journal of Management Reviews, 25(1), pp. 24-51. Wiley-Blackwell 10.1111/ijmr.12298

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Critical perspectives of entrepreneurship have gained increasing traction over the last two decades. The transformative potential of critical research resides in challenging some of entrepreneurship research's epistemological, ontological and theoretical assumptions, with a view to offering a range of alternatives. Critical research in entrepreneurship has remained fragmented, however, due to its heterogeneous theoretical lineages and compartmentalized and niche interests. Addressing this situation, our objective is to intensify the space of critique in entrepreneurship research by offering a theoretically informed typology that delineates different manifestations of ‘criticalness’. Our overarching contribution is to advance a typology distinguishing four ideal types of critical entrepreneurship research based on evaluative emphases (referred to as ‘valence’) and the meta-theoretical assumptions informing its critical operation (called ‘paradigmatic orientation’). By demonstrating the variegated political, ethical and ideological interests and preoccupations that critical studies serve within different management sub-disciplines, the typology provides a conceptual vocabulary for making sense of and synthesizing critical perspectives across scholarly boundaries. Also, it helps to reposition understandings of critique as gestures of negativity by stimulating a greater appreciation of the generative potential of critique and the theoretical and philosophical possibilities that this can bring to our scholarly community.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


Business School > Institute for Innovation and Strategic Entrepreneurship > Low-end Innovation
Business School


Dey, Pascal0000-0003-2792-0061;
Fletcher, Denise and
Verduijn, Karen


H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)








Pascal Dey

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10 Jan 2023 15:51

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