Focus and field of research
The research of the ‘Entrepreneurship & Organization Group’ focuses broadly on entrepreneurial and organizational issues and challenges experienced by firm, organizations, and entrepreneurs. Those issues and challenges are typically approach from an organizational—sociological perspective.
Leader of the researchgroup is associate professor Majbritt Rostgaard Evald.
Nascent Entrepreneurship: Focus is on individuals’ startup decision as well as firm emergence & creation and early growth. Research question: What explains individuals’ entry to nascent entrepreneurship and their subsequent success in starting their business?
Corporate Entrepreneurship: Focus is on product and process innovations, strategic renewal, spinoffs, etc in existing organizations as well as across organizations. The focus is on private firms as well as public organizations and their potential corporation. Research question: What explains and what are the organizational consequences of innovations, strategic renewal, and spinoffs within and across private and public organizations?
SMEs Management & Growth: Focus is on those specific and different managerial challenges SMEs are experiencing compared to large businesses dealing with maintaining, developing, and growing businesses. Research question: What explains and what are the organizational consequences of SMEs’ maintaining, development and growth processes?
Design & Entrepreneurship (& management): Focus is two-fold. First, focus is on how design and design thinking can be used to promote and enhance entrepreneurial outcome, including ideation, evaluation and exploitation of business opportunities. Research question: How can design and design thinking help and promote entrepreneurial processes in a business context? Second, focus is on design entrepreneurs and designers in an entrepreneurial context. Research question: How design entrepreneurs and designers act and behave differently in an entrepreneurial context?
In the group, everyone has absolute freedom to choose what is considered the most appropriate method to investigate the research question in focus. Therefore, the group is characterized by a range of different methods. That said, research in the group is predominantly empirically founded.
Overall, the different methodological approaches can be divided into two main streams.
The first method stream is characterized by an ambition to keep distance between the researcher and what is being researched. Here the main goal is to obtain objectivity through systematic use of methods and tools. We mainly achieve this by surveying individuals or firms and afterwards analyzing data statistically. However, we also apply other methods with the aim to obtain objectivity, including but not limited to interviews, experiments, and various types of mixed method. In this stream of research, knowledge production and knowledge dissemination is two distinctive activities.
The second method stream is characterized by a co-existence of knowledge production and knowledge dissemination. The methods we are applying here are interactive in nature and involve close relationships to firms and the business communities. Through active participating in developing projects, we engage in a learning circle with firms and business communities that provides valuable input to our research ideas, provides access to interesting data, and provides results in research of high relevance for society and businesses.
Knowledge dissemination and knowledge exchange is in many cases for the research group something that takes place simultaneously with the knowledge production during the interactive and collaborative development- and research projects. The research group continuously collaborates with local business partners, authorities, incubators, hospitals etc. in the local area through joint events, invited guest lecturers and research collaboration. It regularly contributes to national business development programs (such as Vækst Via Ledelse).
Apart from those research-integrated knowledge dissemination activities, the group is also involved in other more traditional dissemination activities. For instance, yearly we published CESFO’s Yearbook where members of the research group publish short articles for practitioners, consultants and policy makers based on our ongoing research projects. We organize various types of workshop and seminars for practitioners, e.g. ‘SDU First Mover Morning Meetings’. We are regularly in the mass media and in industry/professional magazines. We also do keynotes for practitioners and policy makers.
The research group is involved in a range of different education programs on bachelor level, master level, MBA level and Phd level. We have the main responsibility for the following education programs:
- Bachelor programs: HA (Entrepreneurship & Innovation).
- Master programs: Strategic Entrepreneurship, Designledelse, and Styring & Ledelse.
As a group, we are unique in delivering the courses and programs related to entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship, small business management, management of designers, facilitation, design thinking, and internship. These are our elite offerings. We are also highly qualified in delivering courses and programs related to organizational theory, management, social network analysis, and qualitative and quantitative method.
We benefits from a range of pedagogical approaches but are unique in our approaches to learning related to camps, creative processes, business idea development, and design methodologies. Within those unique pedagogical approaches, the research group also conducts and publishes research.
The group regularly produces various kinds of teaching material, including but not limited to video cases (https://www.youtube.com/user/IDEAEntrepreneurship/feed) and textbooks (http://www.e-elgar.com/shop/entrepreneurship-in-theory-and-practice).