Methodology Voga in the Field of Entrepreneurship: Employment of Quantitative Methods for the Study of the Inherent Characteristics Entrepreneurs

Tayso Silva, Maurício Fernandes Pereira, Alexandre Marino Costa, Cristina Hinterlang


This study aimed to investigate how the quantitative methodology has been employed in research on "the inherent characteristics of entrepreneurs." Specifically, we analyze the Brazilian production exposedat the National Meeting of Anpad( EnANPAD ) over 10 years, since 2003, year of the creationof aspecific space for production in entrepreneurship, by 2012. Among the 279 articles on entrepreneurship published in EnANPADin these 10 years,a purposive sample of 28 articles was analyzed. At first abstracts, introductions and objectives were analyzed for the classification of subjects and subsequently proceeded to the detailed analysis of the employedmethods in the studies.In order to provide an analysis that indicates how to characterize the entrepreneurshipstudies on in Brazil in present, the moreaddressed issuein the field of entrepreneurship were investigated to evaluate the use of quantitative methodology, also justified, as target of this investigation, by being the main method used in the studies on the subject . The study allowsto identify methodological tools which are suitable to investigate the inherent characteristics of entrepreneurs and how these resources were used. The level of quality required for publication in EnANPAD collaborates to say about the viability of the search strategies outlined in this study. There is also a contribution to the delimitation of the object of research in the field of entrepreneurship, especially in Brazil.


Entrepreneurship; Quantitative Methodology; EnANPAD.



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