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

“Developing the Future Scholarship of Entrepreneurship Education: Exploring educator authenticity through practice and identity - Celebrating 10 years of the 3E Conference ” Special Issue in International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research - DL 31 August 2023
Guest editors:
Michael Breum Ramsgaard, Karen Williams-Middleton, Breda Kenny, David Higgins, Helle Neergaard

“The discussion around whether entrepreneurship can be taught is becoming obsolete as the number of entrepreneurship courses, specializations and degrees is rising at an unprecedented rate all over the world and the demand for entrepreneurial education teachers or instructors is constantly growing“ (Hägg & Kurczewska, 2021).

As a consequence of this development, over the past decade, the field of entrepreneurship education research has also grown significantly. But what have we learnt from the past decade about doing education-based research? What improvements do we perceive, what do we still know too little about? If as a scholarly community, we are serious about developing and crafting our practice, we must be mindful to question our own (past, present, and future) assumptions and beliefs.

In this SI we aim to surface and reflexively engage with tensions between the universal and the unique, the social and the self, in terms of what it means to be a scholar and educator in the field of entrepreneurship education. In particular, as academics, we are expected to excel both as researchers and as educators, as well as being compliant and entrepreneurial employees (Lackéus et al., 2020; Tomkins & Nicholds, 2017). Furthermore, each of us brings our own self-perception into our teaching practice. Hence, this SI wants to address questions surrounding how an educator develops into a credible, engaged, and authentic entrepreneurship educator accentuating the underlying means, processes, and reflections.

We especially welcome contributions that examine the foundations of entrepreneurship education and study what we have learned from the past ten years of entrepreneurship education research and discuss and reflect upon where we are going – and question where we should be going regarding the scholarship of teaching entrepreneurship education.

Full paper submission: August 31st, 2023
“Rethinking and Renewing Educational Paradigms, Theories and Pedagogies in Entrepreneurship Education” Special Issue in Entrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy - DL for extended abstracts 15 December 2023

Guest Editors
Alain Fayolle, IDRAC Business School and Visiting Professor Turku School of Economics (
Kati Suomi, University of Turku
Katriina Heljakka, University of Turku
Michaela Loi, University of Cagliari
Francisco Linan, University of Sevilla

The special issue aims to examine the issues presented above and seeks to attract high-quality research papers. We wish to inspire submissions of multidisciplinary research from scholars within the management and entrepreneurship research community (including insights from education, psychology, sociology, philosophy and other appropriate disciplines) to make both theoretical and empirical contributions (qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods or case studies) to the following topics/themes/questions (not limited to):

Philosophical, conceptual and theoretical issues:
– Research about the place, role and consequences for objectivist, subjectivist and constructivist philosophical paradigms and (teacher-student) postures in entrepreneurship education;
– Definitions and conceptualizations of entrepreneurship education as a field of research;
– Threshold concepts in entrepreneurship education and consequences on the nature of learning
and knowledge in the field;
– Theoretical foundations of entrepreneurship education;
– Borrowing and applying theories, concepts and educational models from education scientists (John Dewey, David Kolb, Paulo Freire, etc.);
– Learning theories in entrepreneurship education.

Pedagogies and educational models:
– How can knowledge produced in studying entrepreneurs in the real-life be transferred to the classroom and the students?
– What is the role of informal and non-formal education/learning of entrepreneurship?
– ‘Trial and Error’ theories and pedagogies in entrepreneurship education;
– How can we better understand on how humans learn in different pedagogical settings (e.g., experiential, learning by doing, problem-based learning);
– The impact of digital technologies on active pedagogies and learning outcomes;
– The application of playful learning in entrepreneurship education and its impact on learning outcomes;
– Teaching model design and types of entrepreneurial pedagogies to raise students’ conscientiousness regarding societal challenges in relation to, for example, sustainability,
poverty, inclusion, disability or environmental changes.

Critical perspectives and the blind side of entrepreneurship education:
– How should we balance entrepreneurial education between ‘about’, ‘for’ or ‘through’ entrepreneurship?
– Entrepreneurship professors and educators’ social identities and their implications. How can we reflect on our own teaching/educating practices and social roles as entrepreneurship professors/teachers?
– Role of gender, race, and academic discipline in entrepreneurship educators’ educational choices and teaching;
– Legitimacy of entrepreneurship professors and educators in entrepreneurship education;
– ‘Raison d’être’ of entrepreneurship education and research in entrepreneurship education;
– Do we need entrepreneurial teacher (role-model) or knowledge-based entrepreneurship professor in entrepreneurship education?

Submissions are to be made directly to the journal at Please select the appropriate special issue when submitting your article. Manuscripts will be reviewed according to the EEP double-blind review process and submissions should be prepared using the EEP Manuscript Submission Guidelines:

Editorial process Key dates
Launch of the SI call August 1st, 2023
Extended abstract submission December 15th, 2023
Full paper submission (only the selected extended abstracts) March 15th, 2024
Virtual Paper Development Workshop (virtual PDW) April 15th, 2024
R&R paper submission June 15th, 2024
Final decision December 15th, 2024
Tentative first online publication Spring, 2025

Extended abstract submission: The extended abstract submission should include no more than five-page (1500 words), and this abstract should be sent by e-mail to ALL guest editors indicating in the subject “SI EE&P: Rethinking and Renewing Educational Paradigms, Theories and Pedagogies in Entrepreneurship Education”. Then, ONLY the selected abstracts will be invited to continue the editorial process and submit the full manuscripts following the EE&P submission guidelines.

Virtual PDW: The idea of our virtual PDW is to meet guest editors and potential authors to understand better the SI aim that allows re-thinking and fitting their contributions to the SI academic conversation. In this view, the workshop’s participation is not compulsory for submitting the revised paper, as well as it does not guarantee the publication of the papers in the SI. The virtual PDW will be hosted by Turku School of Economics on April 15th, 2024 via ZOOM or TEAMS. The full details will be announced to the selected extended abstracts.

See the full call for the SI

“In search of Entrepreneurial Masculinities: Exploring accomplishments, social constructions, ideals and hegemonies” Special Issue in International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship - DL 30 January 2024
Guest editors:
Andreas Giazitzoglu, Robert Smith, Miruna Radu-Lefebvre, Natalia Vershinina

This Special Issue is rooted in Exploring Entrepreneurial Masculinities, as distinct cultural constructs that are qualitatively manufactured and enacted with by entrepreneurial agents in specific empirical contexts. We seek papers that: 

  • Explore how Entrepreneurial Masculinities are accomplished and performed by actors – through symbolic identity-work and other means – and what impact the accomplishment of entrepreneurial masculinity has on entrepreneurial trajectories and processes. 
  • Consider what Entrepreneurial Masculinities constitute as cultural ideals and structurally supplied narratives in particular locales and contexts and also how these are socially constructed semiotically and aesthetically. 
  • Explore Entrepreneurial Masculinity in relation to Connell’s concept of Hegemonic Masculinity, thus showing how the presence and accomplishment of an entrepreneurial masculinity deemed hegemonic in a space and time subordinates ‘others’. This allows entrepreneurial masculinities to be read as a subordinating concept that can marginalise other men and women alike. 
  • Explore the multiple archetypes of entrepreneurial masculinities from diverse and complex intersecting contexts and examine the role of structure and agency in their construction and enactment.

List of Topic Areas

  • Entrepreneurial Masculinities, 
  • Power Inequalities related to Entrepreneurial Masculinity, 
  • Entrepreneurial Masculinities as social performance.

Submissions close: 30th January 2024

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"Feminist Approaches to Gender and Entrepreneurship research" Special Issue in International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship - DL for abstracts 28 August 2023, call closes 28 February 2024
Guest editors:
Sally Jones, Haya Al-Dajani, Carol Ekinsmyth, Lorna Treanor

This special issue seeks to highlight the potential of feminist informed research to ask new questions that challenge and critique the gendered contours of entrepreneurship throughout the world, offering new and diverse perspectives and insights.

Key topics

  • Conceptual articles that engage with debates around feminist philosophies and epistemologies and their potential within gender and entrepreneurship research
  • Empirical studies that foreground one or more feminist theories, and use them as drivers for entrepreneurship research design
  • Methodological papers, outlining different feminist driven methodologies and research designs when exploring gender and entrepreneurship, particularly studies recognising and exploring the multiplicities of gender in contemporary societies
  • Studies that use one or more feminist theories to reframe entrepreneurial activity
  • Feminist engagement with intersectionality and the entrepreneur
  • Studies based in the Global South, that draw on non-Western feminist philosophies to interrogate and advance our knowledge and understanding of gender and entrepreneurship
  • Empirical gender and entrepreneurship papers that employ non-traditional research methodologies and/or methods to meet explicit feminist aims
  • Studies that critique current hegemonic feminist approaches and offer alternatives


Extended abstracts (1,000 words max) should be submitted via email to Sally Jones.

Key dates

August 28th 2023 – Abstract Deadline

September 30th 2023 – Invites extended to PDWs in November

November 2023 – PDW linked to the ISBE (7th November)  and RENT (date tbc) conferences

February 28th 2024  – Full papers submitted


See the full call for papers: