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International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management


Special Issue on: “The Evolution of the Entrepreneurial Engine in the Global Knowledge Economy”

Guest Editor: Dr. Chris Hall, Macquarie University, Australia

The last decade has seen some remarkable changes in the entrepreneurial environment. For example, the internet has altered the way in which entrepreneurs can access information and markets. The world has also seen the net creation of some 30 million new SMEs in China, about the same as the total number of SMEs in Europe and USA combined. Innovative entrepreneurs are known to make an important contribution to the engine of sustainable growth. They are a major contributor to the creation of jobs, wealth, and competitive advantage. A small proportion of high growth firms, contributes disproportionately to this entrepreneurial engine.

This issue focuses on the evolution of the entrepreneurial engine in the context of the changes taking place in the global economy, and especially the knowledge economy. This has important implications, at firm, region, nation and international levels. This collection seeks to address a broad range of interdisciplinary questions, for example:

  • at firm level - Which entrepreneurs and SMEs have been best able to ride the wave of knowledge globalisation? As the web becomes common place, are SMEs finding it easier to expand and compete across borders?
  • at regional level - Are regional differences in access to knowledge important in determining the differences in the creation of jobs and wealth? Are SME clusters emerging in a virtual world which is less dependent on regional physical proximity?
  • and at national and international levels - Is the entrepreneurial engine becoming more, or less, important in the creation of wealth, jobs and competitive advantage? What are the policy lessons for creating a conducive environment for the entrepreneurial engine, locally and globally?
  • Subject Coverage
    Suitable topics include, but are not limited to:
    • Entrepreneurial engine
    • GEM (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor)
    • Internet and SMEs
    • Local, regional, national SME policy
    • International SME policy (APEC, ASEAN, EEC, OECD)
    • High growth firms
    • Entrepreneurial business and policy environment
    • Entrepreneurship policy
    • Knowledge economy
    • Competitive intelligence
    • Knowledge management
    • Knowledge transfer and sharing
    • SMEs networks and clusters
    • SME internationalisation
    • Information and communication technology (ICT) adoption
    • High-tech small firms
    • E-commerce and e-business
    • International competitiveness

    Notes for Prospective Authors

    Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

    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 submission: 31 March 2007

    Notification of acceptance: 30 June 2007

    Submission of revised manuscript: 30 September 2007

    Notification of final acceptance: 15 February 2008

    Submission of final manuscript: 1 March 2008