European Journal of International Management
Special Issue on: "Entrepreneurship: Cross-National and Cross-Cultural Perspectives”
Gerhard Apfelthaler and William B. Gartner, California Lutheran University, USA
Armin J. Kammel, Danube University Krems, Austria, and California Lutheran University, USA
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.