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International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business
International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business


Special Issue on “The Rural Entrepreneur: Problems of Identification”

Guest Editor: Ged McElwee, University of Lincoln, UK

Rural entrepreneurship is currently at the focus of much theoretical, practical and political interest. Entrepreneurship appears to contain two distinctive and very different categories of activities. The first is, broadly speaking, those management skills that are required to start and run a business effectively. The second category is much harder to define, but can be generally described as entrepreneurial attitudes. Both seem important, but whilst the former can be taught, the latter group is much more problematic.

Enterprises in rural environments are operating in an arena of extreme and rapid change. However, despite the recognition that entrepreneurship is one of the primary facets through which rural economic development can be achieved, empirical research on rural entrepreneurship is relatively sparse and this concept remains largely unknown.

Subject Coverage
Contributions on any of the following, or related, themes are encouraged:
  • Barriers to success
  • Competence development and how rural entrepreneurs as entrepreneurs learn
  • Farmers as entrepreneurs
  • ICT and e-business and the rural entrepreneur
  • Innovation, and adding value in rural entrepreneurship
  • Opportunity clusters for rural businesses and “collective entrepreneurship”
  • Rural entrepreneurs as constrained entrepreneurs?
  • Social capital and rural entrepreneurship
  • The leadership, managerial capability and personalities of rural business owners
  • Tourism and entrepreneurship in the rural environment
Articles and case studies are particularly welcome.

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

Date for final papers: 31 December 2006