Considers how to research small and medium‐sized enterprise (SME) entrepreneurs’ decision making in the context of their own environment, in order to reach some in‐depth understanding of such phenomena. Previous work has called for the use of more appropriate methods for understanding and assessing SME management decision making. The discussion takes account of the characteristics of SME entrepreneurs, academic researchers’ approach to carrying out research and the contribution that can be made by consultant researchers with experience of SMEs. A research design incorporating the contribution of all three parties (entrepreneurs; academics; practitioner consultants) is described, detailing the research process in action. Finally the advantages of such a research design is illustrated.
Grant, K., Gilmore, A., Carson, D., Laney, R. and Pickett, B. (2001), "“Experiential” research methodology: an integrated academic‐practitioner “team” approach", Qualitative Market Research, Vol. 4 No. 2, pp. 66-75. https://doi.org/10.1108/13522750110388563
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