Calls for papers


International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development
International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development


Special Issue on: "Innovative Entrepreneurship: Sources of Innovation, Policies and Learning"

Guest Editor:
Dr Alexandros Kakouris, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Professor Panos H. Ketikidis CITY College, Greece

Innovative entrepreneurship is a growing area of research with an interdisciplinary reach. Modern conceptions about ‘innovating’ have led to a broadening of the term, reflected by the definitions in the latest Oslo manual (OECD 2005). Under a mandatory need for innovation to be “as radical as possible”, open innovation and virtual networks aim to exploit knowledge resources on a global scale so that firms can innovate adequately and in time. Current social problems also provoke the social component of innovation, with eco-innovation at the forefront of the terminology of relevant policies. In accordance with the overall landscape of innovation emergence, innovative entrepreneurship is just arriving in the higher education curricula across Europe, whilst it is already a mature topic in the USA.

Apparently, sources of innovation compounded with relevant polices and learning procedures constitute an underlying semantic triplex for innovative entrepreneurship investigation. For instance, an understanding of the dynamics and motives of innovative networks, of the necessity for innovation to ‘go open’ or of the capability of innovation to face social needs, can widen its scope and may reveal the routes to further research. Although the inherently social nature of innovative entrepreneurship renders the whole phenomenon susceptible to policy-making, a better understanding of such a bidirectional interaction has to be gained. Complementary to entrepreneurial innovation, entrepreneurial learning is an essential core-procedure to be studied and optimized for practitioners, organizations and would-be entrepreneurs. As this type of learning is primarily empirical, it confronts underlying beliefs, and thus, it lies beyond traditional teaching. Consequently, this call for papers seeks to focus on up to date research relevant to the aforementioned triplex.

This Special Issue aims to attract original research on the topic. Manuscripts are invited from both practitioners and researchers. In addition to submissions from outside, we welcome original, high quality studies presented at the ECIE 2010 conference ( that explain innovative entrepreneurship at either the regional or global level. Papers can be either purely theoretical, state of the art reviews, or based on empirical research.

Subject Coverage
Papers should address research questions in the areas, including but not limited to the following topics:
  • Features and dynamics of innovation networks
  • The open innovation concept and practice
  • Sources of innovation and regional development in a knowledge-intensive economy
  • Absorptive capacity and regional concentration of knowledge-intensive SMEs
  • Innovation, risk and sustainable development
  • Aspects of eco-innovation
  • Innovative entrepreneurship and regional policy-making
  • Entrepreneurial learning: environment, procedures and methods
  • Pedagogic approaches for innovative entrepreneurship

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Manuscript due: 15 December 2010 (extended)

First Notification: 17 January 2011

Second Notification: 14 March 2011

Final manuscript due: 16 May 2011