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Qualitative Research as Entrepreneurial Venture

Anders, A. and Riddell, M. (2021, December). Qualitative research as entrepreneurial venture: Asking the right research questions is about discovering opportunities to create value. ABC Midwestern/Southeastern Business Communication Symposium. Association for Business Communication.

This presentation offers a concise case study of how entrepreneurial mindsets can inform the design of qualitative business communication research. Specifically, we argue that it is productive to think of the process of “asking the right questions” as similar to the process of developing and discovering “product-market fit” for an entrepreneurial venture. Scholars of the rhetoric of entrepreneurship like Clay Spinuzzi have found that entrepreneurs are likely to start with either a solution-centric invention or problem-centric market need as the inspiration for their venture. As the entrepreneurial process unfolds, the business venture tends to benefit from adapting to better address the other half of the venture equation. Like entrepreneurs, qualitative research may start out with a solution-centric (theory) or problem-centric (site/topic/data set) idea for a particular study. As the study design evolves, it can be useful to allow each perspective to inform the other and to simultaneously test how changes in the study design can impact the value of its results. For example, its research questions, theoretical framework, methodology, and even data samples could take priority and/or be adapted to serve a more significant and valuable research direction. To illustrate this process, we will share how the research questions and related theoretical frame evolved for a qualitative study of the reflective practice of entrepreneurs. This project included both examples of iterative development and one major pivot that can help demonstrate the utility of an entrepreneurial approach to qualitative research in action.

In addition to a review of relevant information about entrepreneurial mindsets and qualitative research methodologies, this presentation offers a heuristic set of principles much like a business model canvas that can help scholars develop and evaluate their own research ventures.

Human-centered leadership development

Anders, A. (2021). Human-centered leadership development: A communication-based approach for promoting authentic and transformational leadership. International Journal of Business Communication. https://doi.org/10.1177/23294884211056558 

Abstract: Leadership development (LD) has been shown to deliver significant value in both professional and academic settings. However, scholars of leadership communication and LD have argued for a need to recognize LD as a highly social, co-creative, and communicative process in which followership and larger organizational and social contexts play a significant role. Recent research has also argued for self-directed and experiential learning approaches to promote learning mindsets and psychological resources for long-term growth. The present study addresses these challenges by developing a holistic theoretical model and an applied design for LD comprised of evidence-based communication interventions that address intrapersonal, interpersonal, and strategic communication contexts in order to promote both authentic leadership and transformational leadership capacities. The model employs human-centered design methods to complement established experiential learning models and facilitate co-creative engagement with situated organizational challenges.

A Communication Model for Leadership Development

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