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European Journal of International Management
European Journal of International Management


Special Issue on: "Entrepreneurship in Europe"

Guest Editors:
Frank Hoy, University of Texas at El Paso, USA
Matti Koiranen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

According to the Entrepreneurship Action Plan adopted by the European Union in 2004, entrepreneurship is a major driver of innovation, competitiveness and growth. Entrepreneurship and small businesses are, particularly for the European economy, a key source of jobs, business dynamism and innovation

Today, Europe’s competitive performance is lagging behind. To achieve objectives of meaningful development, "the EU needs more growth, more new firms, more entrepreneurs willing to embark in innovative ventures, more high-growth SMEs".

Apart from the lack of Entrepreneurial mindsets in Europe, there are other reasons hindering the full exploitation of the EU's entrepreneurial potential. Starting from the strong stigma attached to business failure, the complexities and obstacles to getting started and also the difficulties in accessing finance or the high over-proportional burden on small businesses of many bureaucratic procedures in day-to-day business are also key issues.

The implementation of the Entrepreneurship Action Plan resulted in a number of initiatives, including promoting the role of mini-companies in secondary schools, gathering expertise on ways of preventing bankruptcy, proposing tax policies that are friendly to ownership transfers of family businesses, finding ways to facilitate access to capital by women entrepreneurs, and others.

The main objective of EJIM is to establish an outlet for scholars interested in a variety of topics in international management in Europe. Thus, papers submitted for the special issue should address the international implications of entrepreneurship in Europe.

Subject Coverage
Examples of topics appropriate to the theme of entrepreneurship include:
  • Education aimed at fostering entrepreneurial mindsets
  • Access to finance, especially by women and ethnic minority populations
  • The impact of government regulations and policies on venture creation and growth
  • Family-owned businesses, particularly regarding ownership transfer
  • Failures of small businesses, consequences and remedies
  • Strategic alliances and other cooperative activities between SMEs and with larger corporations and government entities
  • SME clustering activities, especially in border regions
  • Networking and innovation
  • Case studies of European entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial ventures

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

Paper Submission Deadline: 15 November 2007