Book review, Entrepreneurship

The Aspiring Entrepreneurship Scholar

Strategies and Advice for a Successful Academic Career

Book By Dean A Shepherd

Chapter 1: Introduction

The author’s own story opens the book’s first few pages. He talks about how he began his doctoral studies at Bond University in Australia while working a 12-hour shift as a teacher. After that, he moved to the USA to pursue his doctorate at Northwestern University. As stated by the author, he recognized that his research career would not be based solely on talent and that he would also need to put in a significant amount of effort and learn how to publish. He explains that I learned from classmates and seniors at that university since my dissertation committee did not include any notable publishing authors. Everyone in this peer was working extremely hard to publish, and we were all in the same place.

The author highlights the significance of revision and resubmission for a researcher. Additionally, once you receive a rejection or RandR, revise it to address the comments. Because you won’t be able to begin again once the ball stops rolling. According to the author, working with motivated peers accelerated my learning and work pace.

The author advises always keeping three or four papers in the loop. Some papers are being reviewed, some are in RandR, and some are being worked on by you. This is important since you like the process of conducting new research. Journal comments provide you with useful learning opportunities.

Chapter 2: Thinking Entrepreneurially to Identify Research Opportunities

There are numerous ways to identify research opportunities. But according to the author, knowledge is primarily idiosyncratic knowledge that researchers hold. The strength of the available resources is what shapes the study idea. Recombination’s, pro-social and intrinsic motivation, research self-efficacy, and experimentation are all tools that researchers can utilize to create new research opportunities. New theories, new approaches, and novel combinations that close significant gaps in our knowledge of the entrepreneurial phenomena can be used to provide such opportunities.

The question then becomes how one identifies or generates these research opportunities.

Authors as editors have occasionally been invited to share what is trending in entrepreneurship research while serving as the journal’s editor. What is hot right now might not be hot enough in a few months, So such things are not correct. According to the author, this isn’t the best way to provide and discover fresh research prospects.

Finding research opportunities by working in the opposite direction of what is popular can be quite fruitful. For instance, if silicon valley is popular and hot research topic in entrepreneurship. Researchers may identify opportunities by studying microbusinesses and niche entrepreneurship. The same goes for unsocial entrepreneurship, anti- (rather than pro) social drive, and harm rather than preservation.

Knowledge is essential for developing a research plan, reviewing the literature, and creating new knowledge horizons. In addition to contributing to theorizing paralysis, a thorough literature study puts the researcher at danger of simply observing what has already been said, diminishing the importance of idiosyncratic knowledge and originality.

Another useful strategy for locating research opportunities is bricolage. According to the author, he went two days without internet access, but during that time he was able to go through his files and find old papers that he integrated to create a new research that is currently in the RandR phase.

Your passion can be a fantastic place to look for study topics. Sometimes, when we observe declining business, issues like risk aversion, fear of failure, and other things, we might use these circumstances to generate ideas for potential future research. When the author observed his father’s business failing, it offered him a new research focus. He then used this new direction to get into his research, which led to a number of excellent articles.

Small victories can now be used to increase self-worth. Self-efficacy has been demonstrated to be an excellent technique for improving research. According to the author, publishing with a B encourages you to publish in A, where 92% of manuscripts are outright refused. Small victories at conferences, like publishing a paper, can increase self-efficacy. A further crucial step is to use various methods to look for publications. An effective technique to make a paper publishable is by working with seniors. Giving credit to this senior faculty member after your 300 hours and your coauthors’ 5 hours may seem challenging, but most of the time it is their remarks that make it acceptable to a journal. Such factors contribute to research confidence.

In order to locate research possibilities, the author emphasizes at the end of this chapter that researchers must be entrepreneurial. To increase their research orientation and sense of efficacy so that they may undertake more research, authors must leverage their passion, drive, and specialized knowledge.

Chapter 3: Approaching and Managing the Publication Process

This chapter provides a concise overview of the paper processing steps for journals. Reject, review, accept, and desk reject. The review process can take a while, therefore the editor makes the initial decision to either reject the papers or, if they deem them appropriate, to send them to reviewers for evaluation and feedback.

The journal makes care to select the best of the two reviewers who can review this work when it enters the review phase. There are typically two reviewers assigned to each paper in the loop. The reviewer is required to read the submission and promptly provide input based on the following queries.

After submission or acceptance for review, journal editors read the manuscript and provide feedback on a variety of factors, including the study’s technical suitability, theoretical contribution, and reviewers’ methodology. All of these inquiries are verified in writing, and the outcome is either acceptance, modification, or rejection.

Additionally, the author proceeds to examine the manuscript review process and demonstrates why certain critiques shouldn’t be taken seriously. Although adding a new variable is occasionally suggested by reviewers, authors should at least indicate that during the editing process.

Rejection has a very negative connotation, and receiving a rejection letter makes us feel awful. But according to the author, every rejection comes with a few criticisms or comments that can help you improve your performance. After going through a RandR, you must revise your paper, address any concerns, and resubmit it.

The paper has been accepted and published; at this point, the author should celebrate their efforts, but when they submit the final version, they must be free of errors because they spent months perfecting it. This enables them to move on to another paper. Therefore, make sure the text is error-free and spell-check any references and tabular data.

Chapter 4: Adopting an Entrepreneurial Mindset to Achieve Excellence in Teaching (While Not Sacrificing Research)

The author attempts to dispel several myths regarding teaching and higher education in this chapter. One of the illusions the author dispels is the idea that a student attending a research university need not be concerned with education. But according to the author, he also taught a dissertation-based course and two other courses at that university.

This is my teaching day, so I don’t need to conduct any research, is a further urban legend. But according to the author, it became usual to work for an hour and a half to prepare my presentation and to complete my research between six and ten at night. Both can run on the same day, and with practice, it becomes natural.

Being too young makes it difficult to lecture MBAs, but the author considers that what matters is your enthusiasm for learning, not your age or whether you have grey hair.

Both of these cases—teacher evaluation and pupils who don’t want to learn—are interesting, and judging a teacher on how he teaches might be a useful first step in determining whether to hire him or not. The author discusses the role teachers play in fostering a positive learning environment or the steps they take to make lessons engaging. Teachers cannot fall victim to anything. The key is to make an effort to interact.

Teaching is a noble job, and in this section, the author offers some advice on how to make a successful and engaging class for the students.

Everyone should have the chance to learn while teaching. Not only students, but teachers as well, can participate in master classes and learn. In tip 2, the writers discuss arriving early to class and striking up a conversation to increase engagement and encourage students to learn new things. Students should have access to teachers on a professional level. The author also stresses that even if doing study can be important, a special knowledge check at the door cannot be avoided.

According to the author, softness can cause a variety of issues and that it is more crucial to be fair than lenient. A teacher ought to be fair enough when assigning grades and explaining the same.

Teach what you are passionate about, and if a subject makes you drowsy, fake it with passion while keeping the students’ interests in mind.

The author also discusses how to handle problematic pupils who show up despite your best efforts.

The author attempts to provide the route for a successful teaching post using these hits and other possibilities.

Chapter 5: Securing an Entrepreneurship Faculty Position

The author discusses the likelihood of being hired for assistant professor positions in this chapter. He discusses a person’s capacity for research, followed by his technical skills and the university’s recruiting of new faculty. Institutions look for applicants who have finished their thesis work. Sixth point: If you don’t have high-caliber research, your supervisor might not be able to assist you in getting a position because being a junior candidate makes it harder to do so.

The author offers numerous tips for both new hires and doctoral students. In order to pursue an entrepreneurial career, there are numerous measures to take after invites to campus visits. A fresh student must navigate several challenging stages. Personal meetings and visits are where the things get started. Candidates are able to learn information that could save their lives through these private interviews. A further phase is the job talk, which includes a presentation, questions, justifications for the questions, and many other things.

A presentation may require a variety of items. Check everything when a room is designated for preparation. Nothing ought to be missed. Bring everything into order, even if you need a pointer or to place the furniture differently, before beginning your presentation.

Remember that after the campus tour that the world is a small place and that “you can tell the true character of someone when things don’t go their way,” and that this is not final and that you have not yet been selected. Therefore, evaluation of your application is based on a variety of factors, which together determine your suitability for the position.

Chapter 6: Building an Entrepreneurship Research Record Worthy of Promotion

After conducting research and publishing it, the author describes how to establish a research record in entrepreneurship that will be promoted. Great journals publish great research, and research can be judged by the impact it has on the field through citations or, as the author notes, some scholars advise reading the entire document to identify the researcher’s contributions.

Promotion and tenure are crucial concepts once researchers have reached a certain milestone, but how to judge them is addressed in this chapter. The author concentrates on research alone since it is more opaque, has greater variability among assessors, and includes external evaluators to a greater extent than teaching or service, which are the three areas in which researchers typically evaluate Promotion and Tenure (P&T).

There are many different assessment criteria. Reading research material is one of them. Evaluation of a research record, research quality may also be used as a criterion. In western nations, evaluating the originality of the research record is another common method of verification.

Chapter 7: Conclusion

Authors final words for us

I hope that by highlighting the value of enthusiasm, honesty, curiosity, and collaboration throughout this book, I have been able to provide specifics about the inner workings of the position of an entrepreneurial scholar. I absolutely believe that we need to be entrepreneurial in our approach to scholarship if we want to succeed as entrepreneurship scholars. Have fun and good luck!


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