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Knowledge Spillovers and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Knowledge Management Research & Practice

Whilst there has been increased interest in entrepreneurial context, embeddedness and ecosystems there is still a disparate gap with the knowledge spillover literature. This special journal issue will be among the first to specifically focus on the important role knowledge spillovers play in fostering information acquisition and dissemination in an ecosystem environment.  This will help contribute to our understanding about the role entrepreneurial ecosystems play based on the contextual factors made apparent by knowledge spillovers (Jones, Klapper, Ratten and Fayolle, 2018).

Knowledge is an essential resource for organisations and plays a crucial role in developing competitiveness. Part of the way knowledge is shared is direct via communication and engagement but often it is indirect through a spillover process. This is referred to as knowledge spillovers and has been utilised as a way to understand cross-sector collaboration and firm engagement (Acs, Audretsch and Lehmann, 2013). One of the main channels for the dissemination of knowledge spillovers has been the proximity of investment, service and technological newtorks (Ghio, Guerini, Lehmann and Ross-Lamastra, 2015).

Entrepreneurial ecosystems facilitate knowledge spillovers by producing unintentional information flows (Yan, 2018). Thereby, providing sources of information that transmits pertinent knowledge effects (Kmieciak and Michna, 2018). Knowledge spillovers differ in terms of the magnitude, speed and scope but are impacted by the context of the environment. This helps bridge the knowledge generated with the entrepreneurial behaviour in a region (Ferreira, Ratten and Dana, 2017). Knowledge spillovers drive entrepreneurship as they facilitate business development.

This Special Issue (SI) aims to contribute to the debate on knowledge spillovers and on the role of entrepreneurial ecosystems. Furthermore, it attempts to elucidate the complex nature of this subject and emerging research streams. Relevant areas include, but are not limited to the following research questions:

  • How are knowledge spillovers embedded in entrepreneurial ecosystems?
  • What types of contextual environments facilitate knowledge spillovers?
  • How are different stakeholders in an ecosystem contributing to the development of knowledge spillovers?
  • What are the benefits and impacts of knowledge spillovers for entrepreneurial ecosystems?
  • How can knowledge spillovers be facilitated by government policy in a regional innovation system?
  • How effective are universities in exploiting knowledge spillovers?
  • What global differences are there in knowledge spillover effects among entrepreneurial ecosystems?

Submission instructions

Important Dates:

  • Deadline to submit papers for the SI: 30th October 2019
  • First review round by 30th November 2019
  • Second review round by 27 February 2020
  • Planned Publication:  Summer 2020

Submission procedures:

  • Manuscripts should be original, unpublished, and not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. All submission must follow the instructions to authors that can be found on the journal homepage: www.tandfonline.com/kmrp
  • Other inquiries should be sent directly to the Guest Editors, Professor Paul Jones (W.P.Jones@Swansea.ac.uk) and Vanessa Ratten (v.ratten@latrobe.edu.au) clearly indicating in the subject “Special issue in Knowledge Management Research & Practice”.

Professor Paul Jones
Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
School of Management
Swansea University
Bay Campus, Fabian Way

Associate Professor Vanessa Ratten
School of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Marketing
La Trobe Business School
La Trobe University
Plenty Drive, Bundoora