Producing Research Subjects in Field Notes - Reflections from Studying Women Entrepreneurs

19 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2008

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Päivi Eriksson

University of Eastern Finland

Elina Henttonen

Aalto University

Susan Meriläinen

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: August 4, 2008

Abstract

In this paper, we approach our ethnographic fieldwork with Finnish women entrepreneurs reflexively. By re-reading our field notes we illustrate and discuss certain gendered knowledge producing practices through which we, as business school researchers, conceptualize and produce women entrepreneurs as subjects of research. What happened in our notes was that women entrepreneurs and their work practices were mirrored against a narrow norm of professionalism, and technology entrepreneurs became defined as the 'proper' entrepreneurs against care sector entrepreneurs, who we did not consider as relevant actors. Following that, we reflect our research process as an illustration of the complexity of conceptualizing and theorizing women's entrepreneurship.

Keywords: ethnography, fieldwork, women entrepreneurs, reflexivity

JEL Classification: M13

Suggested Citation

Eriksson, Päivi and Henttonen, Elina and Meriläinen, Susan, Producing Research Subjects in Field Notes - Reflections from Studying Women Entrepreneurs (August 4, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1200582 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1200582

Päivi Eriksson

University of Eastern Finland ( email )

Kuopio, 70211
Finland

Elina Henttonen (Contact Author)

Aalto University ( email )

P.O. Box 21210
Aalto, FI-00076
Finland

Susan Meriläinen

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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