Entrep.Research.FTE - Academy of Management Journal 2005 Vol 48 No 4 556564 FROM THE EDITORS Entrepreneurship Research in AMJ What Has Been Published

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FROM THE EDITORS Entrepreneurship Research in AMJ: What Has Been Published, and What Might the Future Hold? Ours is a multifaceted academic discipline. In- deed, scholars seeking to publish their manage- ment-related research in AMJ have interests in di- verse areas of inquiry, such as management history, technology and innovation management, and man- agement spirituality and religion, among a host of others. The Academy of Management’s 24 divisions and interest groups are perhaps a meaningful proxy for the sheer diversity of management scholarship. One might even argue that the eclectic nature of this scholarship contributes to researchers’ ability to consistently produce intriguing and stimulating findings. Not unexpectedly, many scholars are passionate about their research and about the importance of the area of inquiry with which they are intellectu- ally engaged. In many ways, of course, passion for one’s research interests and chosen area of inquiry is highly desirable. After all, passionate scholars care deeply about scholarly research and are com- mitted to trying to make contributions that will result in important additions to one or more stocks of knowledge. Sometimes, scholars’ passion for their research may lead to a belief that journals should publish a larger number of articles concerned with their cho- sen area of inquiry. Indeed, Sara Rynes, reporting a survey of AMJ ’s Editorial Board members, wrote this: “Approximately half (51%) of the respondents felt there were some research areas that should receive more coverage in AMJ (2005: 10). Of course, this reported finding also means that roughly half the respondents believe that the articles AMJ publishes represent an acceptable ba- lance among the diverse areas of management scholarship. Entrepreneurship is an area of inquiry on which some (but certainly not all) scholars take the posi- tion that AMJ has not published a sufficient number of articles. Those holding the view that AMJ should publish more entrepreneurship research might fur- ther suggest that this is not a desirable situation, especially in light of the fact that this area of man- agement scholarship continues to attract the inter- est of an increasing number of scholars (Chandler & Lyon, 2001; Low & MacMillan, 1988). Using argu- ments advanced by Lumpkin and Dess, we can briefly introduce entrepreneurship by noting that “the essential act of entrepreneurship is new en- try,” where new entry is seen as “the act of launch- ing a new venture, either by a start-up firm, through an existing firm, or via internal corporate ventur- ing” (Lumpkin & Dess, 1996: 136). Different per- spectives about entrepreneurship’s domain are of- fered later in this editorial. To a degree, one’s answer to the question about the sufficiency of the number of articles related to a discipline that a particular journal publishes is sub- jective. Nonetheless, there are some objective mea- sures one can use to consider the matter of how much of a particular type of research a journal has published or is publishing. In this context, the
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