Special Issue

Entrepreneurial Ecosystems



The term 'ecosystem' is increasingly used in the entrepreneurship literature, in reference to entrepreneurship policy portfolios, regional clusters of entrepreneurs and specialized resources, innovation ecosystems, and even national entrepreneurial ecosystems. The ecosystems idea implies that the design and implementation of successful entrepreneurial strategies requires attention to not only firm-specific strengths and weaknesses, but also, to the wider context within which the new venture operates. This Special Issue invites both empirical and theoretical work on entrepreneurial ecosystems.

We welcome research that:

  • (a) Defines and elaborates the theoretical underpinnings of the concept of entrepreneurial ecosystems – for example, by elaborating conceptually distinct archetypes of entrepreneurial ecosystems and discussing how entrepreneurial ecosystems differ from other widely used contextual concepts, such as markets, clusters, industries, value chains, networks, and organizational fields;
  • (b) Explores the efficacy of different business models in entrepreneurial ecosystem contexts;
  • (c) Explores strategies and business models that entrepreneurial ventures can use to gain entry to markets and unseat established incumbents by building and leveraging ecosystem momentum for competitive advantage;
  • (d) Explores processes that characterize the creation of new entrepreneurial ecosystems;
  • (e) Explores strategies for entrepreneurial ecosystem orchestration.

The submission deadline is December 1, 2015.


Guest Editors:

picture of Erkko Autio Erkko Autio Imperial College London

picture of Satish Nambisan Satish Nambisan University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

picture of Mike Wright Mike Wright Imperial College London

picture of Llewellyn Thomas Llewellyn Thomas Imperial College London



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