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Dear Colleagues, 

I would like to invite you to submit your research to the special issue call for papers from 

Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy

Special Issue on Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Guest Editors
Eric Liguori, The University of Tampa, USA | [log in to unmask] 
Julian Lange, Babson College, USA | [log in to unmask] 
Diana Hechavarria, University of South Florida, USA | [log in to unmask] 
Christoph Winkler, Long Island University, USA | [log in to unmask] 

The Call
Entrepreneurship is a crucial element for any country that aims to be competitive in today’s global knowledge-based economy (Hisrich & Grachev, 1993; Baumol and Strom, 2007). The pivotal role of entrepreneurship in fueling economic growth can be facilitated with well-developed and coordinated entrepreneurial ecosystems (Isenberg, 2010), which can be defined a set of “interconnected entrepreneurial actors (both potential and existing), entrepreneurial organizations (e.g., firms, venture capitalists, business angels, banks), institutions (e.g., universities, public sector agencies, financial bodies) and entrepreneurial processes (e.g., the business birth rate, numbers of high growth firms, levels of ‘blockbuster entrepreneurship,’ number of serial entrepreneurs, degree of sell-out mentality within firms and levels of entrepreneurial ambition) which formally and informally coalesce to connect, mediate and govern the performance within the local entrepreneurial environment” (Mason and Brown, 2013, p. 5). 

An entrepreneurial ecosystems approach highlights the complex inter-linkages among a variety of participants in an entrepreneurial society (e.g., entrepreneurs, educators, corporations, the media and a diverse set of government agencies), and the importance of the incentives the various actors encounter as they push towards an entrepreneurship-friendly environment (Benjamin et al., 2004; Bloom & Dees, 2008; Wessner, 2004). As a result, practitioners and educators note the importance of entrepreneurial ecosystems in linking multiple stakeholders to foster and sustain venturing (Isenberg, 2013).

The ecosystems concept is important given it highlights the dynamic nature of entrepreneurial activity by calling attention to the changes that take place in an ecosystem while also focusing on the need for local actors to address the complex challenges faced by entrepreneurs. Within the ecosystem, myriad factors support the development of an entrepreneurial society, including human capital and workforce supply, funding and finance, support systems and mentors, government and regulatory frameworks, education and training, cultural supports, leadership, intermediaries, among others (cf., Feld, 2012; Kassean et al., 2015; Hechavarria et al., 2012; Isenberg, 2011; Isserman, 2007; Obadic, 2013; World Economic Forum, 2013; Yemini, 2014). However, there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to ecosystems throughout the world, as every ecosystem is unique. Components and interactions within the ecosystem will differ from one context to another (Stangler and Bell-Masterson, 2015).

This special issue provides the researchers a platform to explore differences in ecosystems around the world and at a variety of levels. Authors are encouraged to push boundaries. Manuscripts that provide build theoretical support for ecosystems research or emphasize practical implications for policy makers and/or educators are of special interest. Below we provide a non-exhaustive listing of potential topics:
  • Entrepreneurial ecosystems in developing economies
  • University roles in entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • Factors impacting community entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • Measuring entrepreneurial activity
  • Role of social networks in entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • Ecosystem roles in empowering women and minority entrepreneurs
  • Intersection of public policy and entrepreneurship
  • Production of human capital in community entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • National differences in entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • Evaluation of entrepreneurial ecosystem efficacy and performance
Authors with topics not included in the formal list above are strongly encouraged to contact members of the guest editorial team to see if their work is a fit for the special issue. 

Submission Details / Timeline
  • Submission Deadline: August 1, 2017.  
  • Feedback to authors: September 15, 2017
  • Revised manuscripts due: November 1, 2017
  • Acceptance decisions made by December 1, 2017. Accepted papers will be invited to present their work in a special session of the USASBE Annual Conference in Los Angeles, CA in 2018. 
  • Special Issue Publication Date: April 2018. 
Manuscripts must be submitted via the JEC Manuscript Central submission system ( Please ensure that the correct special issue title is selected on the fouth page of the submissions process. JEC’s Author submission guidelines should be reviewed when preparing your manuscript:   


Baumol, W. J., & Strom, R. J. (2007). Entrepreneurship and economic growth. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 1(1-2), 233-237.

Benjamin, L., Rubin, J. S., & Zielenbach, S. (2004). Community development financial institutions: Current issues and future prospects. Journal of Urban Affairs, 26(2), 177-195.

Bloom, P. N., & Dees, G. (2008). Cultivate your ecosystem. Stanford Social Innovation Review, 6(1), 47-53.

Feld, B. (2012). Startup communities: Building an entrepreneurial ecosystem in your city. John Wiley & Sons.

Hechavarria, D. M., Renko, M., & Matthews, C. H. (2012). The nascent entrepreneurship hub: goals, entrepreneurial self-efficacy and start-up outcomes. Small Business Economics, 39(3), 685-701.

Hisrich, R. D., & Grachev, M. V. (1993). The Russian entrepreneur. Journal of Business Venturing, 8(6), 487-497.

Isenberg, D. J. (2010). How to start an entrepreneurial revolution. Harvard Business Review, 88(6), 40-50.

Isenberg, D. J. (2011). The entrepreneurship ecosystem strategy as a new paradigm for economic policy: Principles for cultivating entrepreneurship. Paper presented at the Institute of International European Affairs, Dublin, Ireland.

Isenberg, D. (2013). Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project.

Isserman, A. (2007). State economic development policy and practice in the United States. In Plane, Mann, Button & Nijkamp (Eds.), Regional Planning: Classics in Planning (Vol. 4). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Kassean, H., Vanevenhoven, J., Liguori, E., & Winkel, D. E. (2015). Entrepreneurship education: a need for reflection, real-world experience and action. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, 21(5), 690-708.

Mason, C., & Brown, R. (2013). Creating good public policy to support high-growth firms. Small Business Economics, 40(2), 211-225.

Obadic, A. (2013). Specificities of EU cluster policies. Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, 7(1), 23-35.

Stangler, D., & Bell-Masterson, J. (2015). Measuring an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem. Kauffman Foundation. March.

Wessner, C. W. (2004). Entrepreneurship and the innovation ecosystem policy lessons from the United States (No. 4604). Papers on entrepreneurship, growth and public policy.

World Economic Forum.  2013.  Entrepreneurship ecosystems around the globe  and company dynamics.  Report summary from the annual meeting of the new champions, 2013.  World Economic Forum, Stanford University, Ernst and Young, Endevor, Davos, Switzerland.

Yemini, M. (2014). Entrepreneurship in the education system–the revolution of the twenty-first century. Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, 8(1).

Christoph Winkler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship
School of Business, Public Administration, and Information Sciences
Long Island University - Brooklyn 
Box H-700
One University Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11201-5372
Phone: 718-780-6081
Twitter: @VEntreship

Vice President - Research
United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship