Recent Blog Posts

Recent Blog Posts

The latest blogs from all of our authors are compiled below. To search for specific topics, use the keyword search field below.

Fantastic Faculty! Conference Review: The 30th Annual Ethnography and Qualitative Research Conference, February 26-27, Las Vegas, Nevada

I attended the 30th Annu

Local and Global Politics in Economic Development

Colonialism, Regime change, Social Movement, Sovereinty Change, Revolution, War, and many political happenings impact how we do business. In particular, for small and medium sized businesses, the role of local and global politics is important also.  Since political happenings at both the local and global levels are not static, it is important to investigate the dynamic changes occurring in local or global politics that shape the development (progress, stagnant, or regress) of entrepreneurial ecosystems in any place, be it a city, a region, or a country.  Major political happenings include regime change (e.g., Iran), sovereignty change (e.g., Hong Kong), war (e.g., Lebanon), social movement (e.g., Arab Spring), new nation formation (e.g., Serbia), and many others.  While happening locally, these political changes are directly or indirectly impacted by external forces beyond a nation’s political decisions and control.  Research on economic development,  in particular entrepreneurial ecosystems, focuses mainly on the internal workings of a place within the boundaries of its institutions and its agents.  As we know, institutions, both formal and informal, are not static.  In fact, the primary antecedent relative to the dynamics of institutions and their changes are political happenings.  An example that supports our positioning is the recent re-birth of entrepreneurial activities in many Eastern European countries following the collapse of the Soviet Union where communism had politicized economic life. There is a need for researchers to expand their investigation beyond static institutions to find new concepts for explaining and understanding the influence of macro and dynamic political happenings at home and abroad in the formation of any entrepreneurial ecosystem.  
 

Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship Research Agenda

Recent research in entrepreneurial ecosystems views entrepreneurs as the main actors within the systems of institutions and infrastructures.   Focusing on the digital economy, this Center is interested in investigating how digitalization, i.e., leveraging the use of Internet technologies, has enabled entrepreneurs to operate beyond endowment of factors within a region.  We are interested in understanding how entrepreneurs in regions faced with depopulation, e.g., inner cities, or unfavourable endowment of factors can leverage the use of digital technologies and their digital infrastructures to start, grow, and sustain their businesses.  First, access to Internet is a requirement to become a participant in the digital economy.  Second, digital skills are essential to leverage digital technologies to engage in entrepreneurship in digital business.  Third, governance of digital ecosystem impacts entrepreneurs’ ability to compete in the digital economy.  Do regions faced with depopulation or unfavourable endowment of factors also fall behind in these three dimensions?  

ANOVA Statistical Concept

ANOVA Statistical Concept

The gesture to do more...

This is the time of year when many of us yearn for renewal and the light, i.e.

Servant Leadership and Systems Thinking (Pillar VI)

This is the sixth installment in this series.

Doctoral Journey Challenges: Reviewer feedback

I recently completed the Doctoral Journey at University of Phoenix and earned a Doctor of Business Administration deg

Reframing Research as Design

Nascent researchers may be daunted by unanticipated setbacks and delays intrinsic to the research process and even te

Access to Health Insurance, Health Disparities and Physical Well-Being

Meta-Ethnography, Qualitative Research, Mental Illness Stigma, and Healthcare Practitioners: Lessons from the Order of the Golden Dozen

 

Teaching and Learning with the Arts Research Group

Teaching and Learning with the Arts

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Crises of Care and Critique: School Principals and Narratives of Compassion Fatigue

Prinz (2011) describes empathy as “a vicarious emotion one experiences when reflecting on the emotion of another” (p.

Catalyzing Cross-Generational Entrepreneurship

Dissertation to Publication: Building Scholar/Practitioner/Leaders

We so often think of leadership as something innate, something a few rare and gifted individuals are

Understanding the IRB: An Interview with Assistant Dean of Research Protection, Dr. Laura Brewer

“Whatever is my right as a man is also the right of another; and it becomes my

Positive contribution of focus groups to mixed methods research: An example for discussion

Galliott and Graham (2016) used a sequential exploratory mixed method design to investigate career planning within adolescent populations in Australia. This post is an invitation to readers to explore the structure and use of the research method utilized by Galliott and Graham, and deepen the reader’s understanding of both mixed methods designs and the specific use of focus groups within such designs.

Listen, Protect, Connect--Model & Teach: Psychological First Aid (PFA)

California's December 2017 wildfire situation reaffirms the importance of resiliency, positive coping, and problem-so

Less can be More: Writing for a Practitioner Audience

It is an open secret among business academics that “research conducted at business schools often offers no obvious va

Hidden Figures

The movie “Hidden Figures” focuses on the challenges of the West Computing Group, African American women hired to dev

Postpartum Depression and the Working Woman

When the workforce is comprised of at least 52% women (US Department of Labor, 2015) and 78% of those women are of childbearing age (US Department of Labor, 2016), one would wonder how motherhood in the workplace is managing.

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