Lean scholarship

Dean A. Shepherd*, Holger Patzelt

*Corresponding author for this work

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We offer lean scholarship as an approach to developing a portfolio of high-quality, high-impact papers. By lean scholarship, we refer to iterative experimentation, stakeholder engagement, and collective learning in the process of generating a portfolio of papers. Lean scholarship starts with an entrepreneurial mindset and involves creating a minimum viable paper, exploring its validity, and adding a plausible paper to one’s portfolio. Lean scholarship requires managing the portfolio by periodically deciding whether to persevere, pivot, or terminate each paper.

Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalSmall Business Economics
Publication statusPublished - 2022
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 512 Business and Management
  • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • High impact research
  • Lean scholarship
  • Minimum viable paper
  • Portfolio of papers


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