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

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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