Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Ratio Working Papers,
The Ratio Institute


Karl Wennberg (), Brian S. Anderson () and Jeffrey McMullen ()
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Karl Wennberg: The Ratio Institute, Postal: The Ratio Institute, P.O. Box 5095, SE-102 42 Stockholm, Sweden
Brian S. Anderson: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Jeffrey McMullen: Indiana University

Abstract: The purpose of this editorial is to discuss methodological advancements to enhance quantitative theory-testing entrepreneurship research. As the impact of entrepreneurship scholarship accelerates and deepens, our methods must keep pace to continue shaping theory, policy, and practice. Like our sister fields in business, entrepreneurship is coming to terms with the replication and credibility crisis in the social sciences, forcing the field to revisit commonly-held assumptions that limit the promise and prospect of our scholarship. Thus, we provide suggestions for reviewers and editors to identify concerns in empirical work, and to guide authors in improving their analyses and research designs. We hope that our editorial provides useful and actionable guidance for entrepreneurship researchers submitting theory-testing papers to Journal of Business Venturing.

Keywords: Research design; publishing in JBV; theory-testing research; causal inference; researcher degrees of freedom

JEL-codes: C10; C18; M00; M13

30 pages, June 3, 2019

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