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Christine Weigel and Anna Müller

Nowadays publishing research results is a crucial element of becoming a distinguished researcher. Especially early career entrepreneurship researchers without tenured positions aim to do research which has a greater possibility of being published in highly ranked journals. Chapter 14 focuses not only on the importance of getting published in journals, but also takes a closer look at the current PhD education system for entrepreneurship researchers. The authors conducted interviews with young researchers from Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Although it is important to teach early career researchers how to get published in highly ranked journals, there are potentially negative long-term consequences. If early career researchers are taught that getting published is the only important career component, they might remain in an academic ivory tower without answering questions which are relevant for other target groups.

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Inga Haase and Anna Müller

For early career researchers, it is a difficult task to do relevant research, but getting noticed and transferring one’s results to interested practitioners and the community is hard work too. One way to address these challenges is the use of digital and social media. Chapter 15 discusses results regarding the social network activities of early career researchers, focusing on the following question: What potential do social network activities have for influencing the visibility of early career researchers as well as the visibility and distribution of their results? The findings are based on an analysis of current literature as well as on statements and interviews with members of the scientific community. The results indicate that for early and mid-career researchers, the use of social network applications can increase visibility, or rather accessibility, and enable them to enter the scientific community at an earlier career stage than in previous years.

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Tatiana Lopez, Anna Müller and Max Paschke

The debate about the relevance and impact of entrepreneurship research is broad. For this reason, taking into consideration the reflections of the authors’ experiences, the content from the chapters within this book and from discussions with early career, middle and leading researchers in the entrepreneurship field, the authors have developed five dimensions of relevance. From these sources, Chapter 18 finds the following main challenges to advancing in relevant and impactful entrepreneurship research to be: (1) identification of a target group, not only to find relevant results for each group but also to identify a way to transfer the results to different stakeholders according to their interests; (2) development of society; (3) development of the research field through our studies; (4) consideration of personal experiences to enrich research; and (5) the structural influences that could influence our decisions in the research process.

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Friederike Welter , David Urbano, Turki Alfahaid, Abdullah Aljarodi, Elsa Breit, Andreas Buhrandt, Débora de Castro Leal, Sina Feldermann, Jonas Janisch, Philipp Köhn, Tatiana Lopez, Anne Löscher, Anna Müller, Max Paschke, Philipp Julian Ruf, Julia Schnittker and Christine Weigel

What does relevance and impact in entrepreneurship mean, why should we care about making research relevant especially as early career researchers and which challenges do researchers face in order to realise impactful and relevant research? These are the questions raised in Chapter 1. The discussion helps us to understand and to distinguish the concepts of relevance and impact. Early career and leading researchers reflect on their tasks in both academic and non-academic worlds and are critically re-thinking the current ways of defining scholarly impact through well-known measurements. The authors suggest the encouragement of research that is meaningful for different target groups such as practitioners, academic organisations and wider society.