Thunderbird International Business Review CALL FOR PAPERS

Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Submission Deadline: December 30, 2019

Guest Editor:  Vanessa Ratten, La Trobe University, Australia

Thunderbird International Business Review is pleased to invite submissions to a special journal issue on entrepreneurial ecosystems and their role in internationalisation. Entrepreneurial ecosystems are a relatively new topic in the literature on international business despite their practical importance being around for a while (Autio, Nambisan, Thomas and Wright, 2018; Brown and Mason, 2017; Stam, 2015).

High growth regions have been considered good examples of entrepreneurial ecosystems due to the way individuals, businesses, government and citizens cooperate. However, there is still a lack of theoretical and practical examples about how these ecosystems develop and change over time. This is surprising as internationalisation is often a product of these entrepreneurial ecosystems (Alvedalen and Boschma, 2017).

In this special journal issue, the topic of entrepreneurial ecosystems is considered broadly in order to capture both geographical and online ecosystems. This is important as there needs to be interdependence between entities in a region in order to be considered as an entrepreneurial ecosystem (Audretsch and Belitski, 2017; Makecki, 2011).  Thus, regions that instill a sense of proactiveness through collective engagement are considered entrepreneurial.  In addition, these regions need to foster forward thinking and futuristic planning (Spigel, 2017).

This special journal issue will focus on international best practice and examples of entrepreneurial ecosystems in order to understand how developed and developing regions operate, thereby taking a more international view to the current literature that has tended to focus just on the concept of entrepreneurial ecosystems without considering in much detail the context (Cohen, 2006; Mack and Mayer, 2016). This will enable the research and practice of entrepreneurial ecosystems to be extended to take into account new conceptualizations. In this special issue we welcome papers addressing these topics and issues.

Topics of Special Interest:

The topics listed are not all-inclusive and submissions on any topic that relates to the theme of entrepreneurial ecosystems are encouraged.

Submissions should be prepared in accordance with Thunderbird International Business Review’s style guide and submitted to by December 30, 2019. 

Be sure to indicate that the submission is for the special journal issue.

For additional information contact: 
Vanessa Ratten, PhD, 
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Alvedalen, J., & Boschma, R. (2017). A critical review of entrepreneurial ecosystems research: Towards a future research agenda. European Planning Studies25(6), 887-903.

Audretsch, D. B., & Belitski, M. (2017). Entrepreneurial ecosystems in cities: establishing the framework conditions. The Journal of Technology Transfer42(5), 1030-1051.

Autio, E., Nambisan, S., Thomas, L. D., & Wright, M. (2018). Digital affordances, spatial affordances, and the genesis of entrepreneurial ecosystems. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal12(1), 72-95.

Cohen, B. (2006). Sustainable valley entrepreneurial ecosystems. Business Strategy and the Environment15(1), 1-14.

Brown, R., & Mason, C. (2017). Looking inside the spiky bits: a critical review and conceptualisation of entrepreneurial ecosystems. Small Business Economics49(1), 11-30.

Mack, E., & Mayer, H. (2016). The evolutionary dynamics of entrepreneurial ecosystems. Urban Studies53(10), 2118-2133.

Malecki, E. J. (2011). Connecting local entrepreneurial ecosystems to global innovation networks: open innovation, double networks and knowledge integration. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management14(1), 36-59.

Spigel, B. (2017). The relational organization of entrepreneurial ecosystems. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice41(1), 49-72.

Stam, E. (2015). Entrepreneurial ecosystems and regional policy: a sympathetic critique. European Planning Studies23(9), 1759-1769.

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