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Conversations with a ‘Small-Town’ Criminal Entrepreneur: A Case Study

Exploring Criminal and Illegal Enterprise: New Perspectives on Research, Policy & Practice

ISBN: 978-1-78441-552-5, eISBN: 978-1-78441-551-8

ISSN: 2040-7246

Publication date: 22 May 2015

Abstract

Research limitations/implications

Implications for research design, ethics and the conduct of such research are identified and discussed. As a research project this work is protean and as a case study the generalisations that can be made from this piece are necessarily limited. Access to and ethical approval for research directly with illegal entrepreneurs is fraught with difficulty in the risk-averse environment of academia. This limits the data available directly from illegal entrepreneurs. The credibility of data collected from third parties is limited by their peripheral interest in and awareness of entrepreneurship discourse, entrepreneurial life themes and the entrepreneurial dimension to crime, as well as by the structural bias implicit in the fact that many of these third parties deal only with what might be termed the unsuccessful entrepreneurs (i.e., those that got caught!) Findings represent a tentative indication of potential themes for further research.

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Citation

Davey, M., McElwee, G. and Smith, R. (2015), "Conversations with a ‘Small-Town’ Criminal Entrepreneur: A Case Study", Exploring Criminal and Illegal Enterprise: New Perspectives on Research, Policy & Practice (Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research, Vol. 5), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 227-251. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2040-724620150000005020

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