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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Journal of the International Council for Small Business

For a Special Issue on
The World SME Forum - Humane Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Manuscript deadline
06 February 2023

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Ayman ElTarabishy, President & CEO, International Council for Small Business
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Rubén Ascúa, Rector at Universidad Nacional de Rafaela
[email protected]

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The World SME Forum - Humane Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Entrepreneurship is the backbone of society, unifying our global community like a rubber band keeping a stack of cards in order. Yet, like a rubber band, its resilience is equal to its sturdiness and strength, ability to adapt to unpredictable changes, and stretch to its limits in the name of innovation. Embracing creativity and change, entrepreneurship is ever-evolving, historically providing prosperity and health to the humankind at large.

In championing people first, humane entrepreneurship inhabits a unique role in the business world as inherently human-centered. In light of the pandemic, the necessity of humane entrepreneurial practices has become more apparent than ever before. As we contended with COVID-19 head-on, many MSMEs saw governments responding swiftly in support. However, while we seek prosperity in our post-pandemic society, we must ask ourselves three essential questions: Will this government support continue? How can MSMEs recover in the aftermath of COVID-19? Finally, how can we actively support MSMEs from a business standpoint and on a human level? With values of empathy, equity, and environmental protection, humane entrepreneurship provides the answers.

If the COVID-19 crisis has revealed anything to us, it’s the inequities our reality is built upon. From gender inequity to racial injustice, it has become clear that we cannot move forward as a global community without taking our neighbors’ hands, ensuring that we all move forward. Only when we stand on equal ground by uplifting marginalized groups can we create a truly humane world. Viewing entrepreneurship and business from this lens, we can establish the “new normal” for society as human-centered, building upward together.

According to the World Inequality Report 2022, women make up only 35% of all global labor incomes, while men make 65%. As of 2020, the average income of the top 10% of people in the world was 38 times higher than that of the bottom 50%. Similarly to the dismally slow improvement in income-gender disparity, the share of income collected by the poorest half of the world’s people today is around half of what it was in 1820.

Essentially, with the legacy of global economic imbalance in the arrangement of world production between the mid-19th and -20th centuries, wealth is not being distributed fairly, causing marginalized groups to remain in the minority with less opportunity for self-betterment than those in power. With equity between different social groups and the health of our planet at the forefront of the entrepreneurial revolution, we can sculpt the ultimate humane future.

Humane entrepreneurship aims to cultivate a world where these numbers even out—where we center economic prosperity to achieve equity for all.

Submission Instructions

Submissions have to be accepted first by ICSB (www.ICSB.org). Selection for inclusion in the SME WorldForum program will be based upon quality, originality, and relevance as determined by the review process.

Submissions must be presented in person or online at the SME World Forum.
Submissions must be entirely original, not previously published, and must not be under concurrent consideration or scheduled for presentation elsewhere.

Submissions have to follow the guidelines of the Taylor & Francis online submission system.
Submissions will be blind-reviewed. Authors must avoid revealing their identities in the body of the paper. Doing so will result in an automatic rejection.

Submissions should be no more than 5000 pages, excluding exhibits and references.
The extended abstract should provide a synopsis of the central thesis, methodology, findings, theory and/or practice implications, and how the findings can be implemented. We encourage using qualitative, quantitative, or a combination of these techniques to address research issues in a rigorous way.

The Editors of this Journal will reject submissions if they do not meet the quality standards of the journal, regardless of if they have been accepted by the SME World Forum.

Submissions will not be accepted after December 15, 2022.
Topics of this special issue are listed on the www.SMEWorldForum.org

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