Special Issue

Organizational Design of Entrepreneurial Ventures

Much of what is known about the internal organization of firms is based on the study of large established organizations. Comparatively little research effort has been devoted to understanding the internal organization of entrepreneurial ventures and only a handful of studies have gone to the core of the constitutive elements of the internal organization in firms. There is evidence of interesting variety among new ventures and important deviations from a standard evolutionary path and opportunities for founders to make key choices that have consequences for a venture’s future success. While gathering data on the internal workings of organizations continues to be time and resource intensive, the time is ripe to collate what has been learned and set the agenda for future research.

Some broad research questions that might be addressed by contributions in the special issue might include:

  • What are the internal and external contingencies that explain the diverse organizational arrangements seen in new ventures?
  • How does the internal organization of entrepreneurial ventures interact with governance, ownership, industry, and geography?
  • How important are “genetic” characteristics of firms? What are the peculiarities in the organization of family firms, academic start-ups, born-global firms, or entrepreneurial ventures with open business models?
  • How does the entrepreneurial ventures’ internal organization affect economic and innovative performance?

The submission deadline is July 1, 2017.

Guest Editors:

picture of Diane Burton Diane Burton Cornell University

picture of Massimo Colombo Massimo Colombo Polytechnic University of Milan

picture of Cristina Rossi Lamastra Cristina Rossi Lamastra Polytechnic University of Milan

picture of Noam Wasserman Noam Wasserman Harvard Business School, University of Southern California

Historical Approaches to Entrepreneurship Research: Investigating Context, Time, and Change in Entrepreneurial Processes

In recent years, scholars have grown increasingly interested in the promise of historical approaches to entrepreneurship research. History, it has been argued, can be valuable in addressing a number of limitations in traditional approaches to studying entrepreneurship, including by providing multi-level perspectives on the entrepreneurial process, in accounting for contexts and institutions, in understanding the relationship between entrepreneurship and economic change, and in situating entrepreneurial behavior and cognition within the flow of time. History, in this regard, points the direction to both valuable sources and data for addressing such topics and to a body of historical theory from which to conceptualize context, time, and change analytically. Indeed, it is for many of these same reasons that Schumpeter (1947) called on theorists and historians to collaborate in the study of entrepreneurship.

For this special issue, we seek theoretical and empirical work that significantly advances our understanding of whether and how historical research and reasoning can contribute to our understanding of entrepreneurship. In this regard, we encourage submissions that not only make contributions to entrepreneurship research and theory, but also engage the methodological and theoretical issues involved in using historical approaches in the management disciplines. We welcome a broad range of ways to conceptualize and integrate history in entrepreneurship research, including as a set of sources and methods, as context (e.g. industry evolution), as an independent variable (experience at firm or founder level), as a mechanism (process, path dependency, or way of interpreting the past), or an outcome (e.g. historical performance).

The submission deadline is July 15, 2016.

Guest Editors:

picture of R. Daniel Wadhwani R. Daniel Wadhwani University of the Pacific

picture of David Kirsch David Kirsch University of Maryland

picture of William Gartner William Gartner California Lutheran University

picture of Friederike Welter Friederike Welter IfM Bonn

picture of Geoffrey Jones Geoffrey Jones Harvard University

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