Special Issue

Entrepreneurship and Open Innovation



The wider recognition and adoption of open innovation (OI) approaches across various sectors and industries has yielded promising new entrepreneurial opportunities for diffusing knowledge and inventions (by independent inventors, university researchers, customers/users, citizens, etc.). This special issue will focus on how such OI approaches—in all their diversity—affect the nature, structure, process, and outcomes of entrepreneurship. In particular, we invite scholars to focus on the implications of OI for corporate, university, and social entrepreneurship.

We welcome research that:

  • (a) applies existing/emergent theoretical perspectives from economics, sociology, psychology, and other disciplines to improve our understanding of how the emergence of more open innovation ecosystems and models may reshape entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial activities;
  • (b) develops new conceptual models integrating concepts from entrepreneurship and innovation management to develop a fine-grained understanding of the diverse new actors and their roles in entrepreneurship due to the adoption of OI approaches; and,
  • (c) assesses the impact of the changes in the structure and process of entrepreneurship driven by OI on technology commercialization.

The submission deadline is May 15, 2015.


Guest Editors:

picture of Satish Nambisan Satish Nambisan University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

picture of Donald Siegel Donald Siegel University at Albany-SUNY

picture of Martin Kenney Martin Kenney University of California-Davis

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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