Applying Factorial Surveys for Analyzing Complex, Morally Challenging and Sensitive Topics in Entrepreneurship Research: The Case of Entrepreneurial Ethics

Dickel, P. and Graeff, Peter (2016) Applying Factorial Surveys for Analyzing Complex, Morally Challenging and Sensitive Topics in Entrepreneurship Research: The Case of Entrepreneurial Ethics Complexity in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology Research - Applications of Emergent and Neglected Methods. Springer, Berlin, pp. 1-20.

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Abstract

This chapter aims at showing the benefits of using vignette based factorial surveys for examining complex and sensitive topics in entrepreneurship, innovation and technology research. The example of research on entrepreneurial ethics is used to illustrate potential methodological problems. A literature review on entrepreneurial ethics shows that factorial surveys have rarely been applied despite its benefits with respect to disentangling the effects of interrelated variables and reduction of social desirability. As the rare reception might be due to lack of knowledge in how to design and carry out such studies, a guideline is provided in how to set up and conduct a factorial survey.

Document Type: Book chapter
Keywords: Business ethics, Corruption, Entrepreneurship, Factorial survey, Vignette study
Research affiliation: Kiel University
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2017 13:42
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2018 11:05
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/38948

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