Submission Deadline: November 1, 2022
To address grand challenges, strategic entrepreneurship initiatives such as business model innovation at the base of the pyramid or new social ventures with innovative business model designs may be deployed. Well-designed governmental policies complement and promote such purposeful entrepreneurship and innovation; however, they do not substitute for them. Given the relevance and timeliness of the topic, and the lack of research at the intersection of business model design, innovation, strategic entrepreneurship, governmental policies and grand challenges, we are launching a Special Issue entitled Business Model Innovation Design: Deploying Strategic Entrepreneurship to Address Grand Challenges.
We define new business models as systems of interconnected and potentially boundary-spanning transactions and activities centered on a focal organization and designed to serve markets or solve problems in ways that are either new to the world, new to a market, or simply new to the focal organization. Business model innovations entail holistic changes to how business is conducted, and often impact multiple organizational dimensions and stakeholders. Business model challenges relate to, for example, the transition to a circular economy, and more broadly grand challenges such as those presented by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (UN Environment Management Group, n.d.), including eradicating poverty, reducing inequalities, increasing access to clean water and sanitation, and providing affordable clean energy.
The new Special Issue builds on the significant research on business models that has been performed over the past decade, with the objective of linking our improved conceptual and empirical understanding of the phenomenon with the important notion of grand challenges, the urgency of which has become increasingly apparent.
Submission Window: January 1, 2021 to February 5, 2021
Social entrepreneurship is a distinct form of entrepreneurial endeavor that places an explicit focus on creating social value for key stakeholders. The creation of well-known firms (e.g., Tom’s Shoes, Warby Parker, Seventh Generation) as well as organizations supporting marginalized entrepreneurs (e.g., Grameen Bank, Kiva) reflects the growing interest in social entrepreneurship. Once considered incongruous with firms’ economic imperatives, elements of social value have increasingly become core to a wide variety of business models (Nason et al., 2018). The groundswell of interest in social entrepreneurship worldwide has led to innovative funding opportunities for socially oriented ventures, including more than $7.5 billion in loans to low-income entrepreneurs (Armstrong, Ahsan, & Sundaramurthy, 2018). Global crises such as the spread of Covid-19 make social entrepreneurship more relevant than ever, creating a pressing need for innovative business models that address corresponding social and financial emergencies.
The purpose of this special issue is to study social entrepreneurship at a critical juncture in the development of this area of inquiry. To accomplish this purpose, we seek to attract research on social entrepreneurship that extends, develops, and/or tests theory in ways that will help frame ongoing research and serve as a critical input for practical and policy decisions. Specifically, we intend to attract submissions that: (1) clarify and inform ongoing conversations regarding the nature and scope of social entrepreneurship; and (2) shed light on the strategic aspects of social entrepreneurship, including both in its underlying organizational processes and its intended and unintended social/economic outcomes.
Robert Nason, McGill University
Jeremy Short, University of North Texas
Trenton Williams, Indiana University
Marcus Wolfe, University of Oklahoma
Melissa Graebner, University of Illinois
Submission Window: August 1, 2021 to September 3, 2021
Entrepreneurs do not literally “create something from nothing” (Baker & Nelson, 2005). Apart from human agency (Shane, 2003) and social interaction (Alvarez & Barney, 2007; Wood & McKinley, 2010), they need some raw material to work with. Environmental changes – be they technological, regulatory, demographic, economic, socio-cultural, or natural-environmental – are important sources of such raw material. Whether ‘positive’ or ‘negative’ for the economy overall, all such changes are likely to be beneficial for some types of new economic activity.
Compared to the abundance of concepts and statements pertaining to entrepreneurial agents, the strategic role of environmental change remains under-emphasized and under-theorized in contemporary entrepreneurship and strategy research (Agarwal et al., 2017; Chandra, 2018; Davidsson, 2019). The obvious role of new technology in many recent entrepreneurial successes highlights the need for increased attention to the role of agent-independent, external change for strategy (Porter & Heppelman, 2014) and entrepreneurship (Autio et al., 2018; Nambisan, 2017). Socio-cultural, demographic, regulatory, and economic changes – even natural and man-made disasters – likewise provide new entrepreneurial potential either independent of or in conjunction with new technology.
A good library of theories, concepts, and evidence exists for the entrepreneurial inclinations and capacities of entrepreneurial agents such as individuals and organizations. There are good reasons to argue that an equally rich set of theories, concepts, and evidence should be developed for capturing the entrepreneurial potential in environmental change. Moreover, agent-focused theories may not reach their full potential without better theory and evidence regarding variance in characteristics and potentials among the environmental changes to which agents respond.
Sara Carter, Unviersity of Glasgow
Dominic Chalmers, University of Glasgow
Per Davidsson, Queensland University of Technology
Jan Recker, University of Cologne
Dean Shepherd, University of Notre Dame
Gary Dushnitsky, London Business School
*Please note: This special conference is supported by SEJ and is seeking submissions for this special conference. Despite this call for proposal's location on the SMS website, no special issue is being planned in association with this special conference. Please read the call for papers and download the full call for more details.
Submission Deadline: September 5, 2022
A conference at the Brookings Institution, Washington, DC
November 9-10, 2022
Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis
Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal
The Bellwether Foundation
Women represent 50.5% of the US population, yet recent reports suggest that only 2% of venture capital money went to female founders in 2021. Those identifying as Black or African American represent 13.6% of the US population, but black founders received only about 1% of venture financing in 2020 and 1.4% in 2021. People identifying as Hispanic or Latino represent 18.9% of the US population; data from Crunchbase suggests that Hispanic or Latino founders receive only about 2% of venture funding.
While the challenges faced by women and under-represented minorities in accessing venture financing are well-known, the causes of the persistent gap between representation at the population level and financing are less well understood. An understanding of the root causes is a key input to designing public and private policy solutions to address the gap. This conference aims to highlight academic work that explores these causes.
A unique feature of this conference is its connection to practice. The conference supports a practitioner-led commission to address these challenges. Ten commissioners, comprised of entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders, and venture capitalists will join the conference participants and engage in dialog about their work. The list of commissioners can be found at the end of this announcement.
This conference is supported by the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal (SEJ), a premier outlet for scholarly research on entrepreneurship, and by the journal’s parent organization, the Strategic Management Society.
Through the generosity of the Bellwether Foundation and the Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis, travel to and lodging in Washington, DC will be paid for one author of each accepted paper.
Submission Window: October 15, 2020 to December 1, 2020
Innovation is regarded as an important engine of economic development and a driver of social progress. Yet, because most research focuses on innovation takes place as opposed to who participates in it, the innovation literature pays little attention to gender issues (Alsos, Hytti, & Ljunggren, 2016). Furthermore, studies on innovation often center on industries such as high-tech that are male-dominated and embody a masculine perspective (Marlow & McAdam, 2013; McAdam, 2013; Foss & Henry, 2016). Consequently, we have limited understanding of how a feminine perspective may contribute to innovation research.
A well-developed literature examines women’s entrepreneurship (Jennings & Brush, 2013), but this work does not put innovation by women entrepreneurs at the core of its inquiry. For instance, there is a paucity of research examining how innovation inspires women to start businesses, how women entrepreneurs respond to new innovations by competitors, and how they spawn and scale innovations in the marketplace (Brush, Edelman, Manolova, & Welter, 2019; Ladge, Eddleston & Sugiyama, 2019). In sum, gender analyses of innovation, explored through multiple theoretical lenses and using a variety of empirical methods, are missing in the entrepreneurship field. These omissions in the extant literature are surprising given an emerging stream of research that documents the divergent paths men and women take toward the commercialization of technology (Ding & Choi, 2011). For example, existing literature emphasizes the unique perspectives that women on R&D teams, top management teams, and boards of directors contribute to their firms' innovation performance (Diaz-Garcia, Gonzalez-Moreno, & Saez-Martinez, 2013; Kim & Starks, 2016; Ruiz-Jiménez, del Mar Fuentes-Fuentes, & Ruiz-Arroyo, 2016; Torchia, Calabro, & Huse, 2011).
This special issue therefore intends to focus attention on the intersection of innovation, entrepreneurship, and gender. We aim to stimulate scholarly conversations on how women entrepreneurs enact innovation through new products, processes, business models, and organizational practices.
Candida G. Brush, Babson College
Kimberly Eddleston, Northeastern University
Linda F. Edelman, Bentley University
Tatiana S. Manolova, Bentley University
Maura McAdam, Dublin City University
Cristina Rossi-Lamastra, Politecnico di Milano School of Management
Melissa Graebner, University of Illinois
Strategic entrepreneurship occurs when firms pursue wealth creation by integrating their entrepreneurial (i.e., opportunity-seeking, explorative) and strategic (i.e., advantage-seeking, exploitative) activities. Strategic entrepreneurship is a relatively young field, but it is growing rapidly, and many important research questions have now attracted a great deal of empirical attention.
As the volume of strategic entrepreneurship research continues its upward trajectory, meta-analysis and related techniques are needed in order to consolidate knowledge involving the entrepreneurial and strategic activities that enable wealth creation for both nascent and established firms. To this end, the goal of the SEJ special issue is to publish a set of impactful papers that examine the evidence supporting important theories, help resolve controversy surrounding theoretical relationships (i.e., is there support and if so how much?), and build and test new theory involving important phenomena involving opportunity- and advantage-seeking activities. The papers might also consider similarities and differences among such activities and wealth creation, for example, in studies of new versus established firms, smaller versus larger firms, firms across a range of institutional contexts, and across different research methodologies.
To learn more about this Special Issue please download the Call for Papers.
Submission Window: July 1, 2019 - August 1, 2019
This special issue aims to deepen our understanding of public policies to promote innovative entrepreneurship. We hope to collect exemplary empirical research and theoretical developments that showcase novel empirical strategies, theoretical concepts, and new data sources. Because entrepreneurship is a broad and interdisciplinary phenomenon, we are open to perspectives that combine entrepreneurship with views from other fields such as strategy, public economics, business, sociology, etc.
To learn more about this Special Issue, please download the Call for Papers.
Submission Window: May 1, 2019 - June 1, 2019
The center of gravity of economic activity is shifting from mature, market economies (i.e. North America, Western Europe & Japan) to emerging economies (exemplified by the BRICS acronym), that are increasingly adopting a market orientation. Indeed this decade has also seen tremendous technological, organizational and business model innovations in emerging economies. These innovations range from new forms of organizing and scaling growth ventures, leapfrogging of mature economies in some technological niches, new opportunities in consolidating fragmented markets and creating new market niches, new ways of organizing social entrepreneurship, to a new social ecology of entrepreneurs. These phenomena are important and worthy of study in their own right; in addition there are two reasons why focus on entrepreneurship in emerging economies in crucial for the field.
This is an appropriate time to gauge the boundaries of our existing conceptual frameworks, use new phenomenon and new data sources as test-beds for new theoretical development (across *all* levels of analysis), and collate what has been learnt. The special issue is thus an opportunity to both set the agenda for future research on entrepreneurship in emerging economies by curating exemplars as well as shed new conceptual light on the entrepreneurship process more broadly.
To learn more about this Special Issue please download the Call for Papers.
Submission Window: January 15, 2019 - February 15, 2019
Much of what is known about the internal organization of firms is based on the study of large established organizations. Comparatively little research effort has been devoted to understanding the internal organization of entrepreneurial ventures and only a handful of studies have gone to the core of the constitutive elements of the internal organization in firms. There is evidence of interesting variety among new ventures and important deviations from a standard evolutionary path and opportunities for founders to make key choices that have consequences for a venture’s future success. While gathering data on the internal workings of organizations continues to be time and resource intensive, the time is ripe to collate what has been learned and set the agenda for future research.
Some broad research questions that might be addressed by contributions in the special issue might include:
What are the internal and external contingencies that explain the diverse organizational arrangements seen in new ventures?
How does the internal organization of entrepreneurial ventures interact with governance, ownership, industry, and geography?
How important are “genetic” characteristics of firms? What are the peculiarities in the organization of family firms, academic start-ups, born-global firms, or entrepreneurial ventures with open business models?
How does the entrepreneurial ventures’ internal organization affect economic and innovative performance?
The submission deadline was July 31, 2017.
In recent years, scholars have grown increasingly interested in the promise of historical approaches to entrepreneurship research. History, it has been argued, can be valuable in addressing a number of limitations in traditional approaches to studying entrepreneurship, including by providing multi-level perspectives on the entrepreneurial process, in accounting for contexts and institutions, in understanding the relationship between entrepreneurship and economic change, and in situating entrepreneurial behavior and cognition within the flow of time. History, in this regard, points the direction to both valuable sources and data for addressing such topics and to a body of historical theory from which to conceptualize context, time, and change analytically. Indeed, it is for many of these same reasons that Schumpeter (1947) called on theorists and historians to collaborate in the study of entrepreneurship.
For this special issue, we seek theoretical and empirical work that significantly advances our understanding of whether and how historical research and reasoning can contribute to our understanding of entrepreneurship. In this regard, we encourage submissions that not only make contributions to entrepreneurship research and theory, but also engage the methodological and theoretical issues involved in using historical approaches in the management disciplines. We welcome a broad range of ways to conceptualize and integrate history in entrepreneurship research, including as a set of sources and methods, as context (e.g. industry evolution), as an independent variable (experience at firm or founder level), as a mechanism (process, path dependency, or way of interpreting the past), or an outcome (e.g. historical performance).
The submission deadline was July 15, 2016.
The wider recognition and adoption of open innovation (OI) approaches across various sectors and industries has yielded promising new entrepreneurial opportunities for diffusing knowledge and inventions (by independent inventors, university researchers, customers/users, citizens, etc.). This special issue will focus on how such OI approaches—in all their diversity—affect the nature, structure, process, and outcomes of entrepreneurship. In particular, we invite scholars to focus on the implications of OI for corporate, university, and social entrepreneurship.
We welcome research that:
(a) applies existing/emergent theoretical perspectives from economics, sociology, psychology, and other disciplines to improve our understanding of how the emergence of more open innovation ecosystems and models may reshape entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial activities;
(b) develops new conceptual models integrating concepts from entrepreneurship and innovation management to develop a fine-grained understanding of the diverse new actors and their roles in entrepreneurship due to the adoption of OI approaches; and,
(c) assesses the impact of the changes in the structure and process of entrepreneurship driven by OI on technology commercialization.
The submission deadline was May 15, 2015.
Satish Nambisan, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Donald Siegel, University at Albany-SUNY
Martin Kenney, University of California-Davis
We are interested in advancing knowledge about how some people and organizations engage in enduring entrepreneurship through constant renewal and repeated acts of entrepreneurship. In other words, what are the antecedents, boundaries, and consequences of enduring entrepreneurship? We believe that enduring entrepreneurship lies at the intersection of strategy and entrepreneurship, and that insights from both fields are needed to better explain enduring entrepreneurship and its implications.
We encourage submissions that use a wide range of theoretical insights and methods to shed light on the topic of enduring entrepreneurship. To develop theory on the topic of this special issue, submissions can focus on the micro, meso, or macro levels of analysis. Research across levels of analysis is encouraged, but not required.The submission deadline was January 15, 2015.
Duane Ireland, Texas A&M University
David Ketchen, Auburn University
James Combs, University of Alabama
Peter Jaskiewicz, Concordia University
The Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal invites proposal submissions for a Special Issue of the journal. The proposal document should include the following:
1. Potential guest editors (and a link to their website/bios)
2. Proposed special issue theme
3. Description of theme
a. Relevance and importance to the SEJ readership
b. Potential research questions
Proposals can be sent to Sara DiBari at SEJeditorial@wiley.com.
The Co-Editors of the journal will review the proposal submissions for decisions regarding the prospective special issues at the Annual Strategic Management Society Meetings.
The submission deadline was August 31, 2014.
As the field of entrepreneurship has matured, research in entrepreneurship has evolved from studying the phenomena of entrepreneurship, to adopting theory from other fields, to developing new theories of entrepreneurial behavior. Along with the increase in the scholarly study of entrepreneurship has come a broader interest in entrepreneurship by scholars in other disciplines such as strategic management, economics, social-psychology, organizational theory, and so forth. Indeed, the field of entrepreneurship may have reached the tipping point where the advancement of knowledge may only be possible by conducting a thorough examination of what is known and unknown.
The purpose of this special issue of the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal is to bring together scholarly thought from different disciplines to extend the extant paradigms and/or to develop new theoretical frameworks. The guest editors invite authors to submit theoretical papers, using appropriate disciple-specific tools of analysis, that revisit and revise existing theory, assumptions, or perspectives to more accurately reflect the challenges and realities of what we now know about entrepreneurship. The unit of observation in submitted models can either be the entrepreneur him/herself who perceives an opportunity and acts upon it or forms the opportunity through their actions, or the entrepreneurial firm that innovates.
The submission deadline was January 15, 2014.
Sharon Alvarez, University of Denver
David Audretsch, Indiana University
Albert Link, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
An economy includes the full range of institutional, firm, and entrepreneurial activities that are the foundation for creating value within society. As the research domains of entrepreneurship and strategy have developed, scholars have primarily examined economic phenomena and the strategic/entrepreneurial activities that are a core part of them within the formal economy; the segment of the economy that is governed by formal institutions, including laws and regulations. However, estimates suggest that the informal economy – activities occurring outside formal institutional boundaries – accounts for over 10% of economic activity in many developed countries in terms of gross domestic product and nearly half of the total economy in many developing countries. The informal economy, underground economy, shadow economy, undocumented work, black markets, unproductive and destructive activities, and criminal enterprises are some of the terms used to describe the setting in which activities outside of formal institutional boundaries take place. Accompanying the obvious interest of policymakers, scholars are beginning to explore strategic and entrepreneurial activities occurring within the informal economy.
The goals of this special issue are to publish scholarship that (1) builds knowledge about the nature of strategic and entrepreneurial activities in the informal economy, as well as their antecedents and consequences, and (2) develops a theoretical foundation for future research. Given the multidisciplinary nature of strategy and entrepreneurship research, we invite manuscripts that are grounded in the strategy, entrepreneurship, organizational behavior, psychology, economics, sociology, political science, marketing, and anthropology domains, among others. We welcome manuscripts that use qualitative and/or quantitative methodologies as well as novel theoretical lenses. Scholars are also encouraged to consider various units of analysis, including institutions, large corporations, established firms of all sizes, new ventures, and/or individual entrepreneurs.
The submission deadline was May 15 – June 15, 2012.
R. Duane Ireland, Texas A&M University
David J. Ketchen, Jr., Auburn University
Justin W. Webb, Oklahoma State University
SEJ Advising Editor:
The business model has received increasing attention since the late 1990s, driven partly by the opportunities for new Internet ventures and their need to explain to potential stakeholders how they planned to generate sustained value. But the notion has also proven helpful in describing how established firms have found new sources of value creation and/or capture. The business model, it seems, is not one distinct construct, but rather an umbrella term that refers to various aspects of the underlying phenomenon (namely, how firms do business at the system level), such as value creation, value capture, or activity system. Not surprisingly, it has become an important topic of study for entrepreneurship scholars, especially in social entrepreneurship where firms must often find new, original ways to create societal wealth. At the same time, however, the business model has also become increasingly relevant for strategy scholars interested in better understanding mechanisms for value capture and activity systems.
The received literature offers various ways of conceptualizing business models. It also suggests that their study lies at the intersection of entrepreneurship and strategy, and therefore clearly represents a topic of interest for scholars of strategic entrepreneurship. The business model can also be viewed as dynamic, focusing on how strategic choices generate consequences and their resulting feedback loops. Thus, the notion of the business model could offer an interesting perspective for the study of strategic interaction between industry players. Despite the number of research papers devoted to exploring business models over the last decade, structured and rigorous research (both theoretical and empirical) is still rare. Much remains to be explored about how the business model approach might shed new light on fundamental questions of strategic entrepreneurship.
The approach might help us extend and even reconsider some of the received wisdom of the strategy and entrepreneurship fields of study. However, in order to make significant progress, we need rigorous conceptualizations of the business model, a better understanding of its antecedents and consequences, as well as the mechanisms through which it operates.
Benoît Demil, University of Lille, LEM
Xavier Lecocq, University of Lille, IESEG, LEM
Joan E. Ricart, IESE
Christoph Zott, IESE
The world is undergoing a rapid economic shift as firms in the long dominant economies of Europe and North America are increasingly being challenged by firms from emerging economies. Emerging economies are those low-income, high growth nations principally reliant on economic liberalization for their growth. This economic shift is such that today emerging economies and their firms are largely driving the world wide economic recovery. The recognition of this new reality of the vitality and strength of these emerging economies that has led the World Bank to alter it voting percentages so that close to 50 percent of all voting power now rests with emerging economies. Ultimately, the prediction by many scholars is that by 2050 these nations will dominate the world economy. Despite the growing importance of emerging economies academic strategic/entrepreneurial research still focuses disproportionately on firms in the mature economies of Europe and North America. However, we know from the existing pool of research on strategic/entrepreneurial activities in emerging economies that there a unique differences in emerging economy firms.
The goals of this special issue are to publish work that (1) builds knowledge about the nature of strategic and entrepreneurial activities in emerging economies, as well as their antecedents and consequences, and (2) develops a theoretical foundation for future research. Given the multidisciplinary nature of strategy and entrepreneurship research, we invite manuscripts grounded within the areas of strategy, entrepreneurship, organizational behavior, psychology, economics, sociology, political science, marketing, and anthropology, among others. We welcome manuscripts that use qualitative and/or quantitative methodologies as well as novel theoretical lenses. Scholars are also encouraged to consider various units of analysis, including institutions, large and established firms, new ventures, and/or individual entrepreneurs. We particularly encourage scholars studying regions that to date have received very limited research, such as Latin America and Africa, to submit to the special issue.
The submission deadline was July 1, 2011.
Garry D. Bruton, Texas Christian University
Igor Filatotchev, City University of London and Economics University of Vienna
Steven Si, Tongji University and Bloomsburg and University of Pennsylvania
SEJ Advising Editor:
Mike Wright, University of Nottingham and EMLyon
The purpose of the special issue is to develop theoretical and empirical approaches in the field of strategic management and entrepreneurship. The editors invite papers in which questions from the public domain are framed for further study by management scholars, as well as papers that systematically apply theories and empirical approaches from strategy and entrepreneurship to issues related to the public interest. The ultimate objective is to develop a long-range agenda for research on innovation in the public interest.
Submission deadline was February 15, 2011.
Jay Barney, Ohio State University
Anita McGahan, University of Toronto
Bennet Zelner, Duke University
This SEJ Special Issue will explore research questions at the nexus of entrepreneurship and technology, an intriguing and significant research domain that offers numerous opportunities for substantial scholarly inquiry. The SEJ invited scholars from entrepreneurship, strategy, innovation, economics, history, sociology, organizational behavior, and technology studies to contribute papers to this special issue.
Submission deadline was November 15, 2010.
Christine Beckman, University of California - Irvine
Kathleen Eisenhardt, Stanford University
Suresh Kotha, University of Washington
Alan Meyer, University of Oregon
Nandini Rajagopalan, University of Southern California
This SEJ Special Issue is devoted to understanding the role of strategic entrepreneurship in varied familial contexts. The SEJ welcomes papers that will offer new theoretical perspectives and empirical insights as well as consider in depth the issues, problems, contexts, or processes associated with strategic entrepreneurship in familial contexts. A variety of theoretical and empirical approaches to these issues are invited.
The submission deadline was September 1, 2010.
Lloyd Steier, University of Alberta
Tom Lumpkin, Syracuse University
Mike Wright, Nottingham University
The SEJ invited submissions for a special issue focusing on managerial and public policy implications on international entrepreneurship. A major goal of this special issue is to help establish a comprehensive framework for studying international entrepreneurship.
The deadline for submission was February 1, 2009.
Douglas Cumming, York University
Donald Siegel, University at Albany, SUNY
Mike Wright, Nottingham University Business School