Calls for papers


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


Special Issue on: "Entrepreneurship in Border Regions"

Guest Editors:
Prof. Vanessa Ratten, La Trobe University, Australia
Prof. Cristina Fernandes, Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco, Portugal
Prof. Joao J. Ferreira, University of Beira Interior, Portugal

Entrepreneurship in border regions takes place across international borders in order to increase social and economic activity. Cross-border collaboration provides opportunities for regional development and social wealth creation (Dana, Gurau and Lasch, 2014). Entrepreneurial activity can be informal or formal in nature depending on the context and type of trading involved.

Due to increased internationalisation there is now more entrepreneurship amongst border regions, particularly in terms of collaboration and participation (Dana, 2001; Ferreira et al., 2013). Some cross-border activity has led to partnerships that involve arrangements in sharing economic, social and environmental resources in order to spur innovation (Ratten, Dana, Han and Welpe, 2007).

The aim of this special journal issue is to understand how entrepreneurship in border regions can provide a better development tool and encourage more informed policy development concerning the advantages/disadvantages of this type of entrepreneurship.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 26th Portuguese-Spanish Conference on Scientific Management, but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.

Dana, L. P. (2001). Networks, internationalization & policy. Small Business Economics, 16(2), 57-62.
Dana, L. P., Gurau, C., & Lasch, F. (2014). Entrepreneurship, tourism and regional development: a tale of two villages. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 26(3-4), 357-374.
Ferreira, J., Raposo, M., Rutten, R., Varga, A. (2013). Cooperation, Clusters, and Knowledge Transfer – Universities and Firms towards Regional Competitiveness, Advances in Spacial Science, Springer, ISBN: 978-3-642-33193-0
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:

  • Cross-border entrepreneurship and regional development
  • Social wealth creation in border regions
  • International entrepreneurship in developed and developing country border regions
  • Cultural impacts to entrepreneurship in border regions
  • Entrepreneurial development policies in border regions
  • Knowledge dissemination and entrepreneurship in border regions

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: 15 May, 2016