European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Engaged entrepreneurship research in Europe

Publishing Opportunities

ECSB aims to strengthen the cooperation with internationally recognized journals and to offer members information on publishing opportunities. This page lists ongoing special issues and call for papers. Members are invited to send information on open calls related to entrepreneurship to our secretariat

“New technologies and entrepreneurship: exploring entrepreneurial behavior in the digital transformation era” Special Issue in International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research - DL 31 December 2020

Guest Editors:

  • Ciro Troise, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli” (Leading G.E.)
  • Cyrine Ben-Hafaïedh, IÉSEG School of Management
  • Sergey A. Yablonsky, Graduate School of Management Saint-Petersburg State University
  • Mario Tani, University of Neaples “Federico II”

Aims and Scope
Digital transformation offers both intriguing challenges and new opportunities for these days entrepreneurs (Cohen et al, 2017; Li et al., 2018). New technologies are spreading all over the world, and new industries are rapidly changing and developing (Aydalot & Keeble, 2018). These new technologies include a wide range of new players that entered into the global arena. Among these enabling technologies there are the artificial intelligence and machine learning, the IoT and the big data, the digital platforms, the mobile applications (i.e. apps), cloud computing, blockchain, and more (as the Fintech ones, such as ICOs and crowdfunding). Their adoption and use are expected to be more and more pervasive in the next years.

The digital transformation has had consequences on several contexts, and it cannot be ignored by individuals (Andriole, 2017). New technological developments favor the creation and the diffusion of several new types of entrepreneurship (Oukil, 2011). For example, the recent advances in digital technologies have played a key role in growing a new, digital-based, entrepreneurship and for the development of related business models (Kraus et al., 2019; Nambisan, 2017). New technologies are having a disruptive impact on entrepreneurship, they change the traditional patterns, and they help to disclose new frontiers for entrepreneurs to explore in order to understand how they want to become self-employed (Broomé & Ohlsson, 2018).

A growing number of entrepreneurs leverage online social networking in order to create relations and to exchange knowledge (Scarmozzino et al., 2017). Some other studies investigated the impact of social media technologies on company performance (Ahmad et al., 2019) or the importance of the entrepreneurial teams (Ben-Hafaïedh et al., 2018; Santos et al., 2019).

Digital Platforms are among the new technologies entrepreneurs can exploit (Srinivasan & Venkatraman, 2018; Troise, 2019; Yablonsky, 2018). These new technologies have helped developing new business idea as new entrepreneurs, in fact, have focused their business models on exploiting these platforms’ characteristics.

Despite various new studies on the new technologies in several fields, as consumer behavior and innovation (Dominici, et al., 2016), there is still only a few studies specifically exploring the detail of how they are used by entrepreneurs in developing new business. In entrepreneurship studies, there are still various significant gaps on how these technologies will impact the future of entrepreneurship. There is an ongoing call for more research contributing to shed some light on various issues such as understanding the entrepreneurs “new behaviors”, with a particular focus on their motivations, the cognitive and emotional aspects, the new decision-making processes, and so on.

In this special issue we aim to explore the new entrepreneurial behaviors developed in the digital transformation era. These technologies influence entrepreneurial behaviors and have a significant impact on entrepreneurial decision-making processes. The special issue focused on the identification and analysis of the main behaviors of entrepreneurs in different fields.

Possible Topics
The Guest Editors encourage submissions of theoretical and empirical contributions investigating the impact of new technologies on entrepreneurial behaviors.

We will welcome contributions rooted in different fields, as long as the focus is on entrepreneurial behaviors and new technologies. We expect authors to provide new evidence and reveal new insights in the digital transformation era, thus contributing to the current entrepreneurship literature.

We welcome both theoretical and empirical studies, using a wide variety of methods, that advances the extant knowledge. We will welcome contributions from several disciplines as well as papers based on either quantitative or qualitative approaches.

The submission system will open 1 October 2020, Submission deadline 31 December 2020

Read more about the topics and submission guidelines HERE.

“Small Enterprises and the Silver Economy” Special Issue in Small Enterprise Research - DL 31 December 2020

Guest editors

Dr Helen McGuirk         

Dr Aisling ConwayLenihan


Active ageing, where older people continue to contribute to the economy as active citizens, requires a holistic approach including social and physical factors, social and health services as well as economic factors (Zsarnoczky 2016).  Supporting such factors involves input from enterprises through the provision of relevant products and services.  This special issue Small Enterprises and the Silver Economy welcomes contributions on related topics and the needs of those over the age of 50. The cohort is classified into three groupings: active, dependent and fragile, all with different needs for goods and services.  This raises potential opportunities for enterprises in offering innovative goods and services that are meeting the needs of an ageing population.

Products and services associated with older people, social innovations the impact of ageing on future consumption and the impact on the demand for labour are all considered central to the Silver Economy (Klimczuk, 2016; Pauhofova and Kovalova 2015).  While most of the literature provides theoretical evidence of this impact, few studies provide robust analysis employing primary qualitative or quantitative data.  This special issue welcomes contributions in this area, which provides insights into the challenges, benefits or opportunities for small enterprises in the silver economy.

Suggested topics of interest for this Special Issue:

  • The drivers of success in the silver economy for small enterprises.
  • Different sectors of the silver economy of benefit to small enterprises.
  • Small enterprises’ innovation activities related to an ageing population.
  • Small enterprise policy supports and the silver economy.
  • The value of small enterprises engaging with older people as stakeholders (e.g., employees, customers, suppliers).

This special issue will enable more dissemination of knowledge specifically related to what is commonly referred to as the Silver Economy (the ageing population and its contribution to the economy) from a research, practitioner and policy perspective.


More information available at

"The futures of Business Schools: Identity, strategies, and imagined futures in a pandemic / post-pandemic world" Special issue in Futures - DL 1 May 2021
Guest Editor

Kathleen Randerson, Audencia Business School

The purpose of this special issue is to trigger and attract research that envisions the futures of business schools on several levels. Cross or multi-disciplinary work, epistemological variety, critical approaches, and Futures methodologies would be particularly appreciated. Relevant questions include, but are not restricted to:

  • Through which mechanisms can business schools fulfil their role of agency-orientation to shape the futures of society?
  • Future business models of HEIMs and how can schools pivot to get there?
  • Business Schools and the ‘Greta Generation’
  • Envision and formulate future value propositions to the wide variety of stakeholders of business schools
  • Teaching and learning for business and society in the 21st century: complexity, technology, the future of work
  • Performance re-invented: vocabulary and metrics to consider economic, ecological and societal outcomes of organizations
  • How can the business school(s) of the future prepare students for the future(s) of work?
  • Business education for the private sector, the public sector, and the third sector: continuum, typology, or other?
  • Education for entrepreneurship, education for management, education for sustainability: tools and methods for business and society in a pandemic and post-pandemic world
  • The history and futures of the influence of HEIMs on society/ societies
  • Redefining “research with impact”, and associated metrics, for business and society
  • And what about teachers? Program designers?
  • Stakeholder engagement and co-creation of value

Agenda Special Issue “The futures of Business Schools: Identity, strategies, and imagined futures in a pandemic / post-pandemic world”

Submissions open from January 1st 2021
Online paper development workshop spring 2021 (date TBA, see contact below)
Deadline for submission: May 1st, 2021
Feedback on submission: August 1st, 2021
Revised papers due for October 31st
Final decision to authors: April 15th, 2022
Expected date of Virtual Special Issue: April 2022

For any informal inquiries, please email:

Read the full call for papers here

Call for chapter: Research on Entrepreneurship Education-Evolution and Future - DL 31 August 2021
Evolution and Future

Volume 23 of Advances in Entrepreneurship, Firm Emergence and Growth

Manuscripts Due: August 31, 2021 
Editors: Andrew C. Corbett, Babson College,  Lou Marino, The University of Alabama, and Gry A. Alsos, Nord University

Advances in Entrepreneurship, Firm Emergence and Growth provides an annual examination of the  current research, theoretical, and methodological efforts in the field of entrepreneurship, and its related disciplines.  Volume 23 of AEFEG will focus on expanding our knowledge about entrepreneurship education research.  Both theoretical and empirical manuscripts that consider important aspects of entrepreneurship education will be considered. We also encourage practice-based research and manuscripts that tie concepts to cutting-edge pedagogical approaches.

Some broad questions of interest are noted in the preceding paragraph (see the call).  Additionally, a representative, but by no means exhaustive, listing of relevant questions include:

  • What are we teaching?
  • What should we be teaching?
  • How should we be teaching?
  • What practice and design constitute effective entrepreneurship education?
  • With more experiential approaches, should we move away from theories of pedagogy and toward andragogy and heutagogy?
  • What implications for learning arise if educators move from a primary role of lecturer to one of coach and facilitator?
  • How can we measure our entrepreneurship education methods to show their effectiveness?
  • What knowledge and skills do we need as educators to move toward more advanced teaching approaches?
  • What approaches might be used to enable students to understand what the life of an entrepreneur is truly like?
  • Can we truly simulate the “entrepreneurial experience” in our classrooms? And if not, does that matter?
  • Can the entrepreneurial mindset be defined?
  • What elements are encompassed in the entrepreneurial mindset?
  • Can the entrepreneurial mindset be taught? If so, how?
  • What intentions and behaviors can be linked to actual outcomes?
  • Why do some individuals with high intentions start businesses but others with the same intentions do not?
  • What skills and practice lead to effective educational outcomes?
  • What is the role of the (university) ecosystem for student entrepreneurship in entrepreneurship education?
  • What is the role of extra-curricular entrepreneurship activities for entrepreneurship education

The papers in Advances reflect many state-of-the-art topics and approaches, and are written by leading researchers in the field, making each volume an important source of information for virtually all entrepreneurship researchers. One of the distinctive competencies of research volumes such as Advances is that the chapters can be published without page restrictions allowing for greater detail in the background, development, and implementation of ideas than is possible in journal articles. This provides authors with the opportunity to fully express their key ideas, provide much more complete support, and include relevant multi-page appendices. In effect, the Advances series provides authors the opportunity to publish an “article of record” of their major theoretical or empirical ideas, and see it disseminated to a wide audience. We hope you will identify a contribution to submit for consideration.

Today, the series is in the libraries of virtually all of the schools with active Ph.D. programs in entrepreneurship, as well as the majority of AACSB accredited schools with MBA concentrations in entrepreneurship and related fields.

We welcome the opportunity to discuss paper ideas with interested researchers.  Please contact the editors:  Andrew Corbett,, Lou Marino,, or Gry Alsos,

Papers should be submitted to Lou Marino and Andrew Corbett (; no later than August 31, 2021.

Read the full call here

“Experimental Designs to Address Current Challenges in Entrepreneurship Education Research” Special Issue in Entrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy - DL 31 March 2022

Guest Editors
Sílvia Costa, University of Groningen (member of the ECSB Board)
Susana C. Santos, Rowan University (member of the USASBE Board)
Mark T. Schenkel, Belmont University (Past President of USASBE)
Silke Tegtmeier, University of Southern Denmark (Past President of ECSB)
Ulla Hytti, Turku School of Economics at University of Turku (President Elect of ECSB)

This call is a joint initiative from the two organizations USASBE and ECSB.

For this special issue we welcome studies focusing on, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Studies using experimental designs to test the effects of a course, training program or other specific types of interventions on learning outcomes;
  • Studies using quasi-experimental designs to test the effects of a course, training program or other specific types of interventions on specific learning outcomes;
  • Studies using a comparison of different stimuli in educational activities and their effects on specific learning outcomes;
  • Studies using experiments or quasi experiments to assess the effects of interventions on tangible learning outcomes;
  • Studies using experiments or quasi experiments to assess the effects of interventions on subjective learning outcomes;
  • Manuscripts focusing on best practices, ethical challenges or practical issues in conducting experiments in entrepreneurship education;
  • Manuscripts reviewing the state of the art in experiments as a methodology to test entrepreneurship education interventions;

There will be a series of events tied to this Special Issue with the aim of supporting prospective authors working on their manuscripts towards submission. Participation in the events is optional for authors. During the events, the editorial team will provide feedback and guidance for prospective authors.

Important Dates:

  • Early feedback at the “Conducting Experiments in Entrepreneurship Research – Second Paper Development Workshop for Early-Career Scholars”, organized by
    the University of Groningen, NL: March 2021 (optional)
  • Meet the 3E community of entrepreneurship education researchers and get their feedback at the 3E Conference, May 2021, Trondheim, Norway (optional)
  • Online Paper Development Workshop “Meet the Guest-editors”: September 2021 (optional)
  • Feedback from the guest-editors: RENT Conference Nov. 2021, Turku, Finland (optional)
  • Feedback from the guest-editors: USASBE Conference, Jan. 2022, U.S. (optional)
  • Submission site will open: February 1, 2022
  • Manuscripts due by: March 31, 2022
  • Notification to authors (1st round): May 31, 2022
  • First revised manuscript due by: August 31, 2022
  • Notification to authors (2nd round): October 31, 2022
  • Final versions due by: December 31, 2022

Read the full call for papers here