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Chapter 3 researching entrepreneurship as lived experience 80-90 by Mjavad Sabet

  1. 1. Researching Entrepreneurship as Lived Experience<br />Henrik Berglund<br />Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods in Entrepreneurship<br />Edward Elgar 2007<br />Page 80 to 90<br />Entrepreneurship Faculty, University of Tehran, Iran<br />Mohammad JavadSabet<br />Assistant Prof: Dr.Arabiun<br />
  2. 2. Introduction<br />
  3. 3. Cognition<br />Deduction<br />Aristotle<br />Induction<br />Francis Bacon and The Scientific Method<br />David Hume and The Problem of Inductive Reasoning<br />Karl Popper and Falsification<br />Thomas Kuhn and Paradigms<br />6/6/2010<br />
  4. 4. Phenomenology<br />Objectivity<br />Subjectivity<br />Central Themes:<br />1. Antimetaphysics<br />2. A close relation to the natural sciences<br />3. Logic<br />Logical Positivism<br />Rationalism<br />Logical Empiricism<br />6/6/2010<br />
  5. 5. Edmund Husserl (1859–1938)<br />6/6/2010<br />The relation between the world on one hand, and the senses that experience the world on the other. <br />The world as we experience it.<br />Awareness and reality are not different.<br />Intentionality.<br />Even science, has intentionality.<br />Bracketing.<br />
  6. 6. Martin Heidegger (1889–1976)<br />6/6/2010<br />Shifting from consciousness to “being”.<br />You need to create your own meanings for life, in order to achieve an “authentic” existence.<br />There's no reason or explanation for life until we decide individually what reasons and explanations we believe in.<br />We develop attitudes and assumptions toward things in our lives without necessarily thinking about them.<br />
  7. 7. Researching Entrepreneurship as Lived Experience<br />
  8. 8. Phenomenological methods<br />Husserl, Heidegger and other phenomenologists all reject ‘natural science’ approaches and propose a ‘human science’ model of understanding human experiences.<br />An important goal of entrepreneurial research should be to capture and communicate the meaning of entrepreneurs’ experiences in everyday life.<br />it is common to distinguish between reflexive and empirical methods, where reflexive researchers use their own experience as data. But it is not common.<br />There is a variety of phenomenological methods which the two polar positions are:<br />Objectively describing the essential structure of a lived experience<br />Poetically re-creating the feeling of a lived experience<br />6/6/2010<br />
  9. 9. Objectively describing the essential structure of a lived experience<br />AmadeoGiorgi (1985) represents a Husserlian tradition that seeks to transfer Husserl’s philosophical method of reducing lived experiences to their pure essences.<br />The ambition is to collect respondents’ lived experiences of a phenomenon. After a verbatim transcription of the interview protocols, the data analysis consists of four steps:<br />Read and Read and re-read the protocols in order to gain a sense of the whole of the phenomenon as described<br />Divide the protocol into isolated ‘meaning units’<br />Translate the protocols from the language of the respondent to the disciplinary language of the researcher<br />Synthesize the transformed meaning units to a consistent statement of the structure of the phenomenon<br />The result is an objective description of the transcendental structure of the phenomenon as it is experienced.<br />6/6/2010<br />
  10. 10. Poetically re-creating the feeling of a lived experience<br />Max van Manen’s (1990) tries empathetically to capture and transmit the sense and feeling of living through different experiences.<br />To accomplish this: <br />The researchers first engage themselves thoroughly in the phenomenon to be investigated. <br />The researcher should then reflect on what the essential elements or themes of the interview subjects’ experience are.<br />These themes are then used to craft a composite narrative account which resonates with the original experiences of the participants. (reflective writing and re-writing)<br />The end product is a narrative description that is said to capture the essence of an experience if it ‘reawakens or shows us the lived quality and significance in a fuller or deeper manner’<br />To capture the essence of a phenomenon is thus to re-create an experience in a way that resonates with the reader, something that requires a poetic or aesthetic quality in the text.<br />6/6/2010<br />
  11. 11. A worked example of phenomenological methodology<br />There are benefits and drawbacks with both approaches.<br />Many phenomenological methods seek a middle ground between outlining the general structure of an experienced phenomenon (what is it?) and re-creating a local experience of encountering a phenomenon (what is it like?)<br />In a recent project (Berglund and Hellström 2002), a phenomenological method was used to investigate risk among a number of high-tech entrepreneurs in Sweden. <br />This study sought to elucidate the variety of ways in which risk is experienced and enacted by entrepreneurial high-tech innovators as they develop their ventures, and the example illustrates how phenomenological methodology may be used in terms of sampling, data collection, analysis and how the results can be written up and presented.<br />6/6/2010<br />
  12. 12. A worked example of phenomenological methodology<br />Sampling<br />Collecting data<br />Analysis<br />Results<br />Summary of methodological procedure<br />6/6/2010<br />
  13. 13. Relevance and potential contributions to entrepreneurship<br />Phenomenology in a methodological context<br />Cognitive psychology<br />Growing interest in narrative and discursive approaches<br />Narratives  Underlying Cognitions<br />Limits and criticism of phenomenological methods<br />Phenomenological methods are often criticized for reasons common to most qualitative methodology<br />Its reliance on interpretation.<br />Its focus on the individual.<br />The issue of methods is not primarily one of right or wrong but rather a matter of ‘fit’.<br />As the entrepreneurship field is relatively young and tries to come to terms with fundamental issues regarding what its object is, what questions are relevant, and if it can be studied at all (e.g. Davidsson 2003; Gartner 2001), phenomenology provides a constructive and accessible methodology for deeply exploring and revisiting different topics from the perspective of the entrepreneurs’ meaningful lived experiences.<br />Such investigations do not allow for causal prediction and control of behaviours, but…<br />6/6/2010<br />
  14. 14. Conclusion<br />The Positivist investigations of entrepreneurship run the risk of missing ‘the very grail we seek’.<br />Entrepreneurs as well as the commonly conceptualized and measured attributes of entrepreneurship are lifted out of the contexts and life worlds in which they receive their meaning. The view of entrepreneurship as difficult to describe is the result of such tendency.<br />Phenomenological methods can be seen as a structured way of investigating how popular concepts and common events in entrepreneurship are experienced, given meaning and translated into action by entrepreneurs.<br />In addition to the methodological contribution, the philosophical underpinnings of phenomenology have been used more directly to theorize entrepreneurship.<br />6/6/2010<br />
  15. 15. The End<br />6/6/2010<br />

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