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The art of crafting a systematic literature review in entrepreneurship research.

Kraus, S. and Breier, M. and Dasí-Rodríguez, S. (2020) 'The art of crafting a systematic literature review in entrepreneurship research.', International entrepreneurship and management journal. .


Systematic literature reviews are an increasingly used review methodology to synthesize the existing body of literature in a field. However, editors complain about a high number of desk rejections because of a lack in quality. Poorly developed review articles are not published because of a perceived lack of contribution to the field. Our article supports authors of standalone papers and graduate students in the Entrepreneurship domain to write contribution-focused systematic reviews e.g. by providing a concrete guideline. Our article analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of a systematic literature review and how they can be overcome. Furthermore, we provide a combined list of highly ranked journals in the Entrepreneurship domain as a basis for quality appraisal. Finally, this article builds a scenario for the future of the systematic literature review methodology and shows how technological improvements have changed this methodology and what can be achieved in the future.

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Date accepted:15 January 2020
Date deposited:19 January 2020
Date of first online publication:01 February 2020
Date first made open access:06 February 2020

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