Entrepreneurship has been, without doubt, a topic of rapidly growing interest to academics and policymakers for several decades. Since the beginning of the academic discourse on the topic, the conversation has expanded along multiple paths. A variety of facets have been explored including the relevance of entrepreneurship (e.g. Kuratko, 2011), policies and entrepreneurship (e.g. Hafer, 2013), economic benefits of entrepreneurship (e.g. Decker et. al., 2014), risk (e.g. Knight, 2005), the institutional environment for entrepreneurship (e.g. Gupta et. al., 2014), innovation ecosystems (e.g. Autio and Thomas, 2014), environmental conditions (e.g. Carsrud and Brännback, 2011) and environmental uncertainty (Gartner & Liao, 2012), opportunity discovery (e.g. Baker et. al., 2005), the opportunity nexus (e.g. Shane and Ventkatamaran, 2000), entrepreneurial finance (e.g. Fraser et. al., 2015), alternative financing (e.g. Bruton et. al., 2015) international entrepreneurship (e.g. Coviello, McDougall & Oviatt, 2011), corporate entrepreneurship (Corbett et. al., 2013), gender and entrepreneurship (e.g. Marlow & McAdam, 2013) and entrepreneurship education (e.g. Boyles, 2012). In addition, the notion of entrepreneurship has substantially evolved from the creation of new businesses into the realm of social (e.g. Choi & Majumdar, 2014) or political (e.g. Narbutaite Aflaki and Petridou, 2015) causes. While there have also been some studies with a country focus (e.g. Ahlstrom & Ding, 2014; Kraus & Werner, 2012), and selected ones with a focus on certain types of countries such as emerging economies (e.g. Kiss, Danis & Cavusgil, 2012) or post-conflict countries (e.g. Efendic et. al., 2014), there is still a relative paucity of research with a cross-national or cross-cultural focus. Apart from the large international comparative studies that is annually conducted by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Consortium (e.g. Levie et. al., 2014), interest in country-specific or comparative studies has been limited. With this special issue, we intend to inspire and present research with such international and cross-cultural themes. For this issue, we invite submissions that provide cross-national comparisons or deep insight into the specific environments for entrepreneurship of individual countries. We seek both theoretical and empirical papers.

Subject Coverage: Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Macro-economic benefits of entrepreneurship
  • Institutional environments
  • Policies and regulation 
  • Drivers and restraining factors behind entrepreneurship 
  • Perception of risk and uncertainty
  • Opportunity discovery 
  • New venture creation
  • Innovation ecosystems 
  • Gender issues in entrepreneurship
  • International entrepreneurship 
  • Individual and organizational creativity and innovation 
  • Entrepreneurship in post-conflict environments
  • Social entrepreneurship 
  • Free-trade agreements and entrepreneurship 
  • New and alternative ways of start-up financing 
  • Science and university entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship education
  • Government incentives and state-financed entrepreneurship

Notes for Prospective Authors: Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper). All papers are refereed through a peer review process. All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.

Important Dates

  • Submission of Manuscripts: 30 December, 2015
  • Notification to Authors: 1 March, 2016

Final Versions Due: 1 November, 2016