Call for Papers – Special Issue of Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurship Journal (Entrepreneurial Ecosystems)

The ECIC’s Dr Allan O’Connor has been appointed as a guest editor to a special issue of Small Business Economics Journal which will focus on Entrepreneurial Ecosystems. This line of research complements the recently launched Australian Cluster Observatory  to strengthen the ECIC’s research focus on the strategic innovation of place.

A call for papers  for this special issue is now open, and we encourage all who have an interest in this relevant and important topic to consider making a submission.

Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurship Journal (Entrepreneurial Ecosystems).

Many governments around the world seem to have openly accepted the functional economic theory of entrepreneurship as a pathway toward economic development. The economic outcomes of entrepreneurship sought by governments and the like, are a product of not only policy inputs but also socially embedded factors that underpin the creation, growth and flourishing of new firms and organizations that, if functioning well, can ultimately deliver desirable social and economic outcomes.

Research Topics

This call for papers seeks empirical, theoretical/conceptual research that explores the key areas that account for ecosystem dynamics that are critical to an entrepreneur contributing to the socioeconomic fortunes of place. In brief, we are interested in the strategic management of the entrepreneurial ecosystem with respect to optimizing its performance for explicitly or tacitly stated social and economic outcomes.

Papers could focus on, but are not limited to:
–    Developing the theoretical framework for entrepreneurial ecosystems.
–    Understanding and defining stakeholder roles within an entrepreneurial ecosystem.
–    Interrogating the contributing factors and reciprocity among the contextual social dynamics and the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
–    Examining governance, policy and strategy.
–    Delving into issues of performance objectives and measurement.
–    Probing the procedures and methods of systems and system interactions analysis.

The deadline for submission to this Special Issue is September 30, 2015 and are to be submitted electronically by emailing Allan.O’ Publication is expected during the last quarter of 2016.

All manuscripts must be original, unpublished works that are not concurrently under review for publication elsewhere. All submissions should conform to the SBEJ manuscript submission guidelines available at:

More information can be found here.

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