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Journal of the International Council for Small Business (JICSB)

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A new journal in partnership with the International Council for Small Business (ICSB)

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The mission of JICSB is to promote and share knowledge, accumulated through observation, research and experimentation of passionate researchers, educators, policy-makers, and business owners, that will elevate micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to have a more positive impact on their local communities and on their stakeholders. Through the dissemination of innovative theoretical and impactful practical insights, JICSB can help the sustainability and possible growth of these vital organizations that form the foundation and backbone of economies and human lives. Submissions to JISB will explore the intersection of research, policy, and practice to develop and test knowledge-based claims about the positive and impactful role of MSMEs.

ICSB invites experts to develop and test empirically new Entrepreneurship and MSMEs theory; significantly challenge or clarify existing theory; synthesize recent advances and ideas into fresh, if not entirely new theory, application of theory; initiate a search for the new theory by identifying and delineating a novel theoretical or practical problem; or apply theory to advance performance and sustainability of MSMEs. JICSB will be focused both on the betterment of humanity and the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The contributions of JICSB articles often are grounded in "normal social science disciplines" of economics, psychology, sociology, or social psychology as well as nontraditional perspectives, such as the humanities. JICSB will accept qualitative and quantitative research that does not exceed 10 pages in length or approved by the editor. JICSB will utilize social media and innovative platforms to share knowledge. Authors are required to present no longer than 2-minute video summaries of each submission to be cataloged on the ICSB website.

Scope of JICSB:

Manuscripts considered for JICSB should address theory, policy formulation and implementation, MSME practice, education and training, and research issues in a rigorous way using qualitative or quantitative techniques, or a combination of these techniques. 

JICSB editors will expect that authors include a section in their article that answers the questions:

  • “So Why?” – Which are the positive impacts of applying a new theory or model to solve practical MSME problems
  • “So what?” - What are the implications of the research or analysis on policy implementation and/or MSME performance?
  • “So how?” – How we can extend the results to different contexts.

Select topics of interest to JICSB readers include:

  • Micro, Small, and Medium Sized Enterprises (MSMEs)
  • United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to MSMEs
  • Government MSME Policy and Economics
  • MSME Ecosystems
  • MSME Finance
  • Financing for Economic Development and SDGs
  • Humane Entrepreneurship
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship and MSME Education
  • MSME Country Spotlight
  • MSMEs and Technology
  • MSMEs and Innovation
  • MSMEs and Family and Founder Owned Enterprises
  • MSMEs and Women and Minority Owned Enterprises

About ICSB

The International Council for Small Business (ICSB) mission “… is to advance the understanding of entrepreneurship and small business issues.” To achieve this mission, ICSB focuses on serving four stakeholders: researchers, policy makers, practitioners and service providers, and educators.

ICSB, founded in 1955, and its affiliates have primarily focused on the research and education aspects of its mission.  ICSB’s highly respected Journal for Small Business Management (JSBM) reflects this aim.  The ICSB 2020 Strategic Plan outlined, for the organization and its 15 affiliates, how to share the impact of their knowledge gained on micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) with policy makers, influencers and practitioners.  According to the latest research, formal and informal MSMEs make up over 90% of all firms and account for 60-70 percent of total employment. They also account for 50 percent of a nation’s GDP.  ICSB’s 2020 strategy was most opportune as many governments and international organizations recognized the role and importance of MSMEs to their economies and societies. This is especially seen as critical since MSMEs can play a vital role if the United Nations is to achieve its 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

ICSB is responsible for initiating and coordinating the United Nations resolution to create an international name day dedicated only for MSMEs. June 27 has been declared by the United Nations General Assembly as the International MSMEs Day. ICSB is proud to be the initiator of this day with the support of the government of Argentina. Since 2017, the entire world celebrates the United Nations MSMEs Day on June 27.

As a leading organization dedicated to promoting micro and small business interests, ICSB earned its official observer status on the OECD Working Party for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Entrepreneurship (WPSMEE) Working Group in 2010.  And of greater significance, The ICSB Annual Conference has now evolved into The ICSB Annual Congress to reflect the importance of sharing with and transferring the knowledge generated through research to actionable programs at both the policy and practitioner levels. 

The ICSB Board recognized the actions by the United Nations has stirred an unprecedented dynamism in the MSMEs arena in many aspects. To address these new developments and to plan for the future ICSB proposed a new journal that combines the rich history of ICSB, the global platform of ICSB’s reach, and the excitement of offerings of new technologies, ideas, and a young and diverse generation that has a new global outlook.

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Jeffrey Alves, VP & Editor, Journal of the International Council for Small Business (JICSB).
While at the United Nations International MSMEs Day, Dr. Alves couched the discussion in terms of new concept proposed by ICSB in the last three years and terms as “Humane Entrepreneurship” that empowers people and produces extraordinary results. He provided an example of how one organization uses food waste to create meals, and simultaneously takes at-risk people off the streets and gives them new skill sets and careers. Now with the hope of a better future, employees not only stay out of trouble with the law, but provide service to the hungry. Dr. Alves mentioned that Humane Entrepreneurship will only increase in adoption as many companies and governments see its great potential.

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