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Call for papers: Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice - Special Issue: Entrepreneurial Learning
Call for Papers - Special issue: Journal of World Business
Call for Papers - Special Issue of AMLE on Entrepreneurship Education
Call for papers: Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
Special Issue: Entrepreneurial Learning
Guest editors: Richard T. Harrison and Claire M. Leitch
Executive Editor: D. Ray Bagby
There is a burgeoning interest in organizational learning (the acquisition by an organization or any of its units of knowledge that it recognises as potentially useful for the organization) and the learning
organization in the organizational and managerial literatures. Although the link between learning and organizational effectiveness is far from proven, logically or empirically, the interest in organizational learning has been underpinned by a set of beliefs about the importance of learning in organizational adaptation and flexibility in conditions of change and uncertainty.
Writing a decade ago, Day (1992) argued that virtually every aspect of organizational learning has relevance either directly or indirectly for entrepreneurial management, including structures and processes which encourage learning, differences in learning across the levels of the organization and transfer mechanisms and learning. More recently, Smilor (1997) has argued that learning is central to the entrepreneurial process: 'effective entrepreneurs are exceptional learners. They learn from everything. They learn from customers, suppliers, and especially competitors. They learn from employees and associates. They learn from other entrepreneurs. They learn from experience. They learn by doing. They learn from what works, and more importantly, from what doesn't work'. Learning, however, continues to be a relatively minor focus of research and debate in the entrepreneurship canon (with the partial exception of work on education and training), and our limited knowledge and understanding of the interaction of learning and the entrepreneurial process remains one of the most neglected areas of entrepreneurial research and understanding.
In this Special Issue of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice we are interested in publishing papers that examine, conceptually and empirically, the process and outcomes of learning in entrepreneurial contexts. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- The measurement of learning processes and outcomes at micro (within organizational or inter-organizational settings) and macro (total organizations) scales;
- Learning at individual and group level within organizations;
- The relationship between learning and organizational effectiveness in entrepreneurial contexts;
- The learning advantages of newness in entrepreneurial start-up and development;
- Opportunity recognition and exploitation as a learning process;
- Inter-organizational learning in entrepreneurial networks;
- Learning as problem-solving and experimentation;
- The relationship between learning as the process and knowledge as the outcome of that process;
- The relationship between learning and (knowledge) resource based views of the entrepreneurial firm;
- The application of learning theories to entrepreneurship;
- The development and application of alternative methodologies to access learning processes and outcomes in entrepreneurial contexts;
- Learning as the acquisition, sharing and utilisation of knowledge;
- Cross-cultural dimensions of organizational learning; and
- Unlearning and the role of organizational memory.
Papers, in the Journal's preferred format, should be submitted (four printed copies plus a disk-based version in Word or RTF format) to the Special Issue editors before 30 September 2003
Richard T. Harrison
School of Management
University of Edinburgh
7 Bristo Square
Edinburgh, EH8 9AL
phone +44 (0) 131 650 2448/8070
Claire M. Leitch
School of Management and Economics
The Queen's University of Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN
phone +44 (0) 2890 272525
Call for Papers
Special issue: Journal of World Business
Social entrepreneurship is a new emerging subject increasingly attracting the interest of researchers, policy makers and practitioners. Sub-topics relevant to the study of social entrepreneurship include social marketing, strategic human resource management and intrapreneurship, in both public and non-profit sectors. In this call for papers we are seeking perspectives that transit disciplinary, geographical and sector- level boundaries. Relevant topics include the comparison of entrepreneurship in the non-profit and public sector across different countries as well as comparison between public versus private sector entrepreneurship on various dimensions.
Social entrepreneurship occurs in a range of different situations where the implications of strategic orientation may be expected to have considerable impact on community and regional development. It applies to entrepreneurial firms, as well as non-profit organizations and the public sector. The actors in social entrepreneurship include community leaders, leaders in non-profit organizations, institutional leaders and entrepreneurs who reach into their communities.
As this is a relatively new and emerging area, we seek papers whose topics may include theoretical evaluation and theory building, qualitative case study, quantitative study, including comparative, and critical discourse and feminist analysis, in the examination of the strategic issues of social entrepreneurship around the world. In particular, we are interested in examining the sustainability of social entrepreneurship, building sustainable organizations, the role of entrepreneurs in social entrepreneurship, the challenges of non-profit and non-government organizations in social entrepreneurship, comparisons of entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs, organizing social entrepreneurs into action, the implementation of social entrepreneurial strategies, and the role of culture and cross-cultural relationships in fostering social entrepreneurship.
Why is the study of social entrepreneurship important? This subject is essential because increasingly, non-governmental organizations, non-profit organizations, entrepreneurial firms, governments, and
public agencies are recognizing the significance of strategy, inclusive of social entrepreneurship, toward the development of world-class competitive services. Further, during this current era of privatization, actors are interested in identifying best techniques and practices for managing services, including those in weak or asymmetric markets, as well as in monopolist and oligopolies environments. To date, there have been few opportunities to publish quality work in this domain. Scholars of social entrepreneurship currently have limited opportunity to disseminante literature representing state-of-the-art research activity, and critical actors few research based sources to assist with informed policy development and discussion. In sum, policymakers have little guidance. We believe that this special issue will provide an important landmark for this important ongoing activity.
Papers suitable for this special issue are meant to inform both the academic and practitioner communities. Implications of the research published in this special issue should be important to scholars and
practitioners interested in developing concepts and applications for the understanding of social entrepreneurship. JCB Web and AWH ranking for the Journal of World Business is a level two ranking. Authors are encouraged to contact the special issue editors to discuss concepts and ideas prior to submission. Submissions should follow the standards for the Journal of World Business, that can be found at: www.journalofworldbusiness.com.
The deadline for the papers will be January 15, 2004.
Special issue editors:
Benson Honig, Haifa University
Tel: 972-4-8249582; Fax: 972-4-8249194
Michael Christie, Queensland University of Technology
Tel: +61-7-38642896; Fax: +61-7-38641313
Call for Papers
Special Issue of AMLE on Entrepreneurship Education
Entrepreneurship education has been the testing ground for many important techniques in business education. Experiential exercises, computer driven simulations, interdisciplinary models of education, and the structured use of practitioners in the classroom, are all innovations that got some of their earliest starts in the entrepreneurship classroom. Today virtually every university offers some sort of entrepreneurship course or program. In addition, entrepreneurship is a field that generates strong interest and intrigues practitioners and policy makers at many levels and in many countries. Entrepreneurship education has been touted as a "cure" for economic and social ills and proposed as a part of curriculum for students at all ages and levels.
However, the literature on entrepreneurship pedagogy or the theory of entrepreneurship education has not kept pace with the proliferation of programs. There is a critical need for rigorous research into this field to help forge the conceptual, theoretical, and empirical links among the many forms of entrepreneurship education.
The goal of this special issue is to inform AMLE's readers about the theories, methods, and best practices in entrepreneurship education. The issue will reflect the AMLE model and include the following sections: Research and Reviews; Essays, Dialogues and Interviews; and Resource Reviews. Exemplary Contributions will be by invitation only. Conceptual and empirical approaches are equally welcome. Among the topics likely to fit with the intent of the special issue are:
Research on integrating models, frameworks, or theories, including attempts to define the core body of knowledge that should be included in entrepreneurship programs
Providing entrepreneurship education across special contexts, including those defined by gender, race, or ethnicity
Research on public policy issues related to entrepreneurship education
Critical studies of the implications of entrepreneurship education for societies, industries, organizations, groups or individuals
Papers should be formatted according to the standard AMLE model, and should clearly identify for what part of the issue it is targeted.
Authors should submit empirical or theoretical papers for referred consideration to Patricia Greene, ideas for the "Essays, Dialogue and Interview" section to Bengt Johannisson, and ideas for Resource Reviews to Jerry Katz. All authors are strongly urged to discuss their ideas with a co-editor prior to submission. Reviewers interested in the topic should volunteer to any of the co-editors.
The deadline for submission of manuscripts is May 1, 2003.
Questions, ideas and submissions should be directed to:
Patricia G. Greene
University of Missouri - Kansas City
Jerome A. Katz
St. Louis University
Scandinavian Institute for Research in Entrepreneurship