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 info@ecsb.org.

Call for book chapters: A Research Agenda for Intrapreneurship (Edward Elgar) - DL for abstracts 31 March 2024

Editors:

Professor Jarna Heinonen, University of Turku, School of Economics

University Teacher, Dr. Sanna Ilonen, University of Turku, School of Economics

 

The phenomenon of intrapreneurship has attracted interest among scholars due to its acknowledged importance to corporate vitality and economic wealth creation in ever-changing modern organizations (Guth and Ginsberg, 1990; Dess et al., 2003). The research has extensively focused on organizational level issues, such as organizational antecedents, dimensions and outcomes. There is an evident need to approach the phenomenon also from the perspective of an individual, an employee and an intrapreneur, the one taking the action in an entrepreneurial process within an existing organization. Furthermore, the dark side of intrapreneurship has been scarcely studied as existing research rather focuses on the role and importance of intrapreneurship. A Research Agenda for Intrapreneurship to be published by Edward Elgar integrates individual and organizational perspectives to the topic and applies a critical stance on the phenomenon when setting the research agenda for intrapreneurship. The Agenda focuses on conceptual contributions that revisit old and established discussions to elaborate new directions or aim at identifying new phenomena to be studied in this area.

Please see the full Call for Book Chapters (pdf)

Abstracts presenting a summary/idea of potential chapter contributions should be emailed to jarna.heinonen@utu.fi and sanna.ilonen@utu.fi by the end March 2024.

Call for chapters: A Research Agenda for Gender and Innovation: Key challenges and prospects for the future (Edward Elgar) - DL for abstract 30 April 2024

Editors:

Cristina Díaz-García, School of Economics and Social Sciences Albacete, University of Castilla La Mancha, Spain.
Gry Agnete Alsos, Nord University Business School, Nord University, Norway.
Elisabet Ljunggren, Nord University Business School, Nord University, Norway.
Ulla Hytti, University of Turku, Finland.

 

To be published by Edward Elgar.

Submission Deadlines:

Abstracts April 30, 2024

Full chapters October 31, 2024

 

In contemporary world innovation is increasingly seen not only as a way to enhance economic growth but as one of the main ways to achieve the UN sustainability goals, as a key to future prosperity, prosperous “green” nations, and it is considered crucial for development (Alsos, Ljunggren and Hytti, 2013). Although innovation is still often defined in a Schumpeterian manner; as the production of new goods or services, new production processes or the opening of new markets; there is a growing interest in social innovations and innovations taking place in the public sector (Alsos, Hytti and Ljunggren, 2016; Torfing, 2013).

 

CALL FOR CHAPTERS

We are seeking contributions to the collected volume on A Research Agenda for Gender and Innovation. Key challenges and prospects for the future. Chapters authored by both senior and junior scholars are welcome. We anticipate that authors build on work in progress and data that has already been collected. We invite scholars from institutions around the world to contribute with empirical or conceptual work. The maximum length of each chapter is about 15 pages/6,000 words. More detailed formatting guidelines will be provided for invited chapters.

We invite potential contributors to submit a tentative title, an abstract (max. 500 words) and keywords (max. 6) for their intended chapter. The abstract should include the objectives of the chapter, the methods used, and the potential findings and implications of your work for research and practice. Abstracts should be submitted by email with the heading ‘A Research Agenda for Gender and Innovation Submission’ to Cristina.Diaz@uclm.es no later than 30th of April 2024. Feedback will be given within 3 weeks. Accepted authors are invited to submit their full chapter. Full chapters will go through a double-blind review.

See the full call for paper HERE (pdf)

"Entrepreneurial decision-making and behavior under radical uncertainty: Boundaries and boundlessness of diving into the unknown" Special Issue in Strategic Change - Submission Deadline 30 September 2024

Guest editors:
Bob Bastian, University of Trento, Italy
Leonie Baldacchino, The Edward de Bono Institute, University of Malta, Malta
Laetitia Gabay-Mariani, Kedge Business School, France
Sara Sassetti, University of Pisa, Italy
Massimiliano Pellegrini, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
Andrea Caputo, University of Trento, Italy & University of Lincoln, United Kingdom

Potential topics
Potential topics that could be explored are, but not limited to:

  • What are critical perspectives on our current decision-making models under uncertainty, and how can these perspectives be problematized to provide new theoretical insights?
  • How do entrepreneurs recover and how do they build up resilience from extreme contexts?
  • What antifragile strategies and/or best practices may highlight how entrepreneurs and their ventures cope with high levels of uncertainty?
  • What negotiation and/or legitimation strategies help entrepreneurs to cope with radical uncertainty?
  • What are cognitive debiasing strategies to cope with high degrees of uncertainty?
  • How can Black Swans – unimagined eventualities that are extreme in impact, and other concepts related to ignorance, further develop theory on uncertainty in entrepreneurship?
  • What role do emotions play when entrepreneurs make decisions under different levels of uncertainty?
  • What are the potential detrimental consequences of entrepreneurial decision-making in a context of radical uncertainty?
  • What is the role of intuition and analysis under radical uncertainty? How do they operate under different levels of uncertainty for entrepreneurs?
  • Is ethical decision-making influenced differently by extreme contexts and high degrees of uncertainty?
  • What is the role of cognitive biases, heuristics, and eristics under radical uncertainty?
  • What is the role of creativity in entrepreneurial decision-making and behavior under radical uncertainty? How do extreme contexts influence creativity and innovation?
  • What is the impact of sense-making, effectuation, metacognition, scientific thinking and/or experimentation on decisions under radical uncertainty?
  • How does spirituality or perspicacity impact entrepreneurs’ behavior under extreme contexts?

Submission guidelines
Authors are invited to submit their manuscripts electronically via the Strategic Change Journal online
submission system (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10991697).

Submission process and important dates
Submission start date: 30-07-2024
Submission deadline: 30-09-2024

Guest Editors contacts
For any inquiries or further information, please contact the Guest Editor: Bob Bastian, University of Trento, bob.bastian@unitn.it 

Please see the full call for papers  (pdf)

"Registered Reports in Entrepreneurship" Special Issue in Business Research Quarterly - DL Submission of research plan for registration 30 September 2024
Guest editors:
Ana Maria Bojica (University of Granada)
Julia Olmos-Peñuela (University of Valencia)
Paul Steffens (University of Adelaide)
Ted Baker (Rutgers University)

 

This special issue focuses on empirical quantitative studies in entrepreneurship using the publication approach of “registered reports”. Registration of research plans is an increasingly popular practice in other research fields that provides several benefits to both individual researchers and the research community, such as early feedback towards improving study design and the reduction of publication biases in favor of statistically significant results. Altogether, registered reports encourage practices oriented to a more transparent, reproducible, and replicable research.

We invite scholars to send original, relevant and sound research plans that approach any aspects of the multifaceted phenomena of entrepreneurship, expanding upon theories currently in use and bringing in new theories that can help gaining new insights into the complexity of entrepreneurial processes, contexts and outcomes. Research plans should be submitted before data collection and should thoroughly document the research question, theoretical framework, hypotheses, methods, and planned analysis. The deadline for research plan submissions is September 30th, 2024.

BRQ Business Research Quarterly is a quarterly journal looking to publish a small set of high-quality articles in each issue that address central topics in the field. For information about the special issue and the journal please see this link: https://journals.sagepub.com/page/brq/call-for-papers or the document below.

 The call for papers (pdf)

 

"Unlocking the Potential of Digital Entrepreneurship in Turbulent Times" Special Issue in Technovation - DL for full papers 1 February 2025

Guest Editors:
Kisito F. Nzembayie
(Trinity College Dublin, Ireland) (kfutonge@tcd.ie) (co-corresponding GE)
Gustav Hägg (Malmö University, Sweden) (gustav.hagg@mau.se)
Magnus Klofsten (Linköping University, Sweden) (magnus.klofsten@liu.se)
Agnieszka Kurczewska (University of Lodz, Poland, and Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway) (agnieszka.kurczewska@uni.lodz.pl)
Pierluigi Rippa (University of Naples Federico II, Italy) (pierippa@unina.it)
David Urbano (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain) (david.urbano@uab.cat) (co-corresponding GE)

Scope of the special issue

Recent global events have brought to the forefront the reality of living in turbulent times, characterized by frequent and impactful unexpected occurrences often referred to as “Black Swan” events by Taleb (2007). These events, characterized by their radical and uncertain nature, hold profound and enduring implications for societies and the intricacies of economies. They significantly disrupt entrepreneurship by unsettling supply chains, altering financial flows, shifting investment patterns, and challenging established long-term strategies that may no longer be applicable. Moreover, these events are becoming increasingly commonplace (Krammer, 2022), necessitating a reevaluation of established theoretical assumptions about entrepreneurship (Sharma et al., 2022). In particular, assumptions based on stable macro-environmental conditions are becoming less dependable. The recurrent turbulence can be attributed, in part, to the interconnectedness of modern economies, which are highly vulnerable to global disruption. This interconnectedness is driven predominantly by digital technologies that have effectively compressed spatial and temporal boundaries (Nambisan, 2017). Within this context, digital entrepreneurship (DE) has emerged as a crucial driver of economic growth and resilience. It serves as an avenue for adaptation and survival (Zahra et al., 2023). Nonetheless, the ways in which entrepreneurs leverage DE in various contexts to mitigate risks and seize opportunities during turbulent periods remain inadequately explored and understood.

The role of DE solutions in ensuring economic continuity has become more evident, particularly in societies equipped to harness enabling technologies effectively. However, the theoretical understanding of DE remains limited, offering insufficient insights into how it enhances resilience both at organizational and societal levels (Nambisan, 2017; Kraus et al., 2019; Beliaeva et al., 2019). The field of entrepreneurship research has struggled to keep pace with the rapid evolution of emerging trends like artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and advancements in cloud computing. As technology continues to advance faster than theory, research must urgently bridge the growing knowledge gaps (Giuggioli & Pellegrini, 2022). The introduction of large AI language models, such as ChatGPT, towards the end of 2022 has brought about unanswered questions concerning the convergence of emerging digital technology changes, entrepreneurship, and the new normal of significant turbulence. For instance, existing research on entrepreneurial agency primarily revolves around human actors in venture emergence, leaving us grappling with understanding the role of computational agencies that increasingly emulate human intelligence. Consequently, this special issue aims to address knowledge gaps across three interlinked lines of inquiry: the digital entrepreneurial process and its consequences, digital entrepreneurial ecosystems, and the impacts of high-impact environmental turbulence.

A central challenge in addressing these knowledge gaps lies in the lack of clarity and conceptual ambiguity between DE and Entrepreneurship in the Digital Age (EDA). Often, the distinction between DE processes and other forms of EDA is overlooked, despite DE being a distinct and highly influential form of EDA with extensive repercussions. As highlighted by von Briel et al. (2018), not all digital technology-enabled entrepreneurial endeavors are equal. Building on this premise, we advocate for a more precise conceptualization of DE as the pursuit of opportunities rooted in digital artifacts (Ekbia, 2009) and digital platforms (Tiwana et al., 2010; Parker et al., 2016; Constantinides et al., 2018) as the core of new venture ideas and market offerings (Nzembayie & Buckley, 2022, p. 4). Meanwhile, digital infrastructures (Tilson et al., 2010) primarily function as external facilitators for various EDA forms, including DE (Davidsson, 2015), as well as other forms like digital academic entrepreneurship (Rippa & Secundo, 2019).

It’s important to note that our conception of DE goes beyond new venture creation solely in startup environments. DE also manifests within established firms as digital intrapreneurship (Klofsten et al., 2021). This more precise conceptualization allows research to explore the distinct roles, mechanisms, and consequences of the interrelated digital technology typologies on entrepreneurial processes. Recognizing their unique characteristics and technology affordances (i.e., action potential) (Gibson, 1977; Majchrzak & Markus, 2012; Autio et al., 2018) is crucial, as their impact on entrepreneurial processes cannot be equated.

By establishing conceptual clarity, we provide a framework for contributions that avoids the pitfalls of vague interpretations. We propose four primary theoretical lenses that can guide inquiries into the identified themes. First, institutional theory can shed light on the antecedent factors that foster the necessary conditions for digital entrepreneurial activity and their impact on societal development (Aparicio et al., 2016; Urbano et al., 2019). Second, the theory of technology affordances and constraints (Gibson, 1977; Majchrzak & Markus, 2012; Autio et al., 2018) can offer insights into the relationship between digital entrepreneurial actors and their technological agency. Third, the Technology, Agency, Context, and Time (TACT) framework, combined with the context (Welter & Smallbone, 2011) and ecosystem approach (Spigel, 2017; Stam & van de Ven, 2021; Zahra et al. 2023;) and the recently developed External Enablement theory (Davidsson et al., 2020), can identify and explain the causal mechanisms through which digital technology changes interact with actors to shape digital entrepreneurial processes. Finally, dynamic capabilities theory (Teece et al., 1997) can be valuable in elucidating how digital intrapreneurship is utilized to enhance organizational resilience in the face of ecosystem and environmental turbulence.

Submission deadline for full papers is February 1, 2025. A Paper Development Workshop (PDW) is planned to be organized during the ECSB RENT Conference in November 2024. Participation in the PDW is not mandatory but highly recommended. Further information about the PDW will be provided later.

Please see full details of the call HERE.