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


Special Issue on: "Shaping Entrepreneurial Economies"

Guest Editor:
Dr. Nick Williams, University of Leeds, UK
Prof. Tim Vorley, University of Sheffield, UK

As economies around the world continue to emerge from the global economic crisis at different rates, it is important to consider the role that entrepreneurship in enabling nations, regions and cities to restructure and grow. This special issue addresses a broad range of issues that will shape the nature of entrepreneurial economies. Institutions as defined by North (1990), and the prevailing of institutional arrangements (Williams and Vorley, 2014; Williams and Vorley, 2015), serve to determine the entrepreneurial orientation of entrepreneurial economies. While Baumol (1990), and more recently by Sautet (2013), have elaborated the impact of entrepreneurial activity, which can be understood as productive, unproductive, and destructive with local and systemic effects which can define entrepreneurial economies.

Creating and fostering entrepreneurial environments is the outcome of policy and regulation, as well as culture, norms and values. Reforming institutions and changing institutional arrangements can result in positive or negative entrepreneurial outcomes, which may be manifest in the form of high-growth, informal and or criminal entrepreneurship. This special issue invites contributions which unpack the influences and complexities of changes which seek to develop more entrepreneurial economies and define the prevailing nature of entrepreneurial activity across different institutional environments and spatial scales. The overall aim of this special issue is to focus on the insights and lessons about the development of entrepreneurial economies and understand the impacts on entrepreneurial activity.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Spatial variations in entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship and growth
  • Institutional arrangements (formal and informal)
  • Informal entrepreneurship
  • Public policy and entrepreneurship
  • Barriers to entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship and economic resilience

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 October, 2015

Notification to authors: 22 January, 2016

Final versions due by: 22 April, 2016