Past Special Issues

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.

Guest Editors:

  • R. Daniel Wadhwani, University of the Pacific
  • David Kirsch, University of Maryland
  • William Gartner, California Lutheran University
  • Friederike Welter, IfM Bonn
  • Geoffrey Jones, Harvard University

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.

Guest Editors:

  • 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.

Guest Editors:

  • 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

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.

Guest Editors:

  • 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.

Guest Editors:

  • R. Duane Ireland, Texas A&M University

  • David J. Ketchen, Jr., Auburn University

  • Justin W. Webb, Oklahoma State University

SEJ Advising Editor:

  • Jay Barney

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.

Guest Editors:

  • 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.

Guest Co-editors:

  • 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.

Guest Co-editors:

  • 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.

Guest Co-editors:

  • 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.

Guest Co-editors:

  • 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.

Guest Co-editors:

  • Douglas Cumming, York University

  • Donald Siegel, University at Albany, SUNY

  • Mike Wright, Nottingham University Business School