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


Special Issue on: "The Effect of Culture, Gender and Religion on Opportunity Recognition"

Guest Editors:
Prof. Vanessa Ratten, La Trobe University, Australia
Prof. Veland Ramadani, South-East European University, Macedonia

Twenty years ago an empirical study in ETP showed that what is perceived by somebody of one culture as an opportunity for entrepreneurship is not necessarily so for a person influenced by values of a different culture (Dana, 1995). Gender and religion also play an important role in the process of recognising opportunity for entrepreneurs (Dana, 2009; Dana, 2010; Dana and Ramadani, 2015).

Opportunity recognition is one of the core components of entrepreneurship as it affects the success and performance of business ventures. Cultural attitudes and behaviour influence the way that gender and religion are part of the process of evaluating opportunities based on societal expectations (Ramadani et al., 2013; Ratten et al., 2007).

Often gender roles are learned within a religious and cultural context that impedes or encourages entrepreneurship based on socio-economic status. In creating business ventures, gender and religion affect socio-economic conditions that in turn affect opportunity recognition.

The interplay of gender, culture and religion in the opportunity recognition process is the focus of this special issue. The aim of the issue is to examine opportunity recognition in line with culture, gender and religious aspects. These effects help to understand how opportunities are recognised by people, businesses and society based on cultural, gender and religious orientation.


  • Dana, L.P. (1995), “Entrepreneurship in a Remote Sub-Arctic Community: Nome, Alaska,” Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, Vol. 20 No. 1, Fall, pp. 55-72. Reprinted in N. Krueger, editor, Entrepreneurship: Critical Perspectives on Business and Management, Volume IV, London: Routledge, 2002, pp. 255-275.
  • Dana, L-P. (2009), Religion as an explanatory variable for entrepreneurship, The International journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 10 (2),87-99
  • Dana, L-P., Ed. (2010), Entrepreneurship and religion, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Dana L.-P. & Ramadani V. (Eds.). 2015. Family business in transition economies. Heidelberg, Springer. Ramadani, V., Gërguri, S., Dana, L. P., & Tašaminova, T. (2013). Women entrepreneurs in the Republic of Macedonia: waiting for directions. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 19(1), 95-121.
  • Ratten, V., Dana, L. P., Han, M., & Welpe, I. (2007). Internationalisation of SMEs: European comparative studies. International journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 4(3), 361-379.
Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The impact of culture on opportunity recognition
    • Social and in-practice cultural heritage in entrepreneurial endeavours
    • Cultural determinants of propensity to enter into businesses
    • The links between culture, religion and gender in opportunity recognition
  • The role of religion in opportunity recognition
    • Life expectation and freedom to enter into business activities
    • The process of development and integration of religion and culture in business formation
    • The role of the church and state in encouraging or discouraging entrepreneurial activity
  • Gender effects on opportunity recognition
    • Gender role effects on self-determination towards entrepreneurship
    • Socio-economic conditions affecting opportunity recognition
    • The role of family, health and independence in business decisions

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 has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 30 November, 2015

Notification to authors: 28 February, 2016

Final versions due by: 31 May, 2016