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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Journal of Small Business Management

For a Special Issue on
Entrepreneurial Processes

Manuscript deadline
30 September 2021

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Laura Castaldi, Università della Campania
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William Jackson III, The University of Alabama
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Louis Marino, The University of Alabama
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Diego Matricano, Università della Campania
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Entrepreneurial Processes


Research in entrepreneurship is increasingly conceptualizing the exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities and/or the formation of new ventures as a process, rather than as a discrete event (Leyden & Link 2015; Dimov 2020). This process is seen as the result of planned activities and random occurrences, of predetermined actions and rash decisions, of personal inclinations and social expectations. In recognition of these complex interactions, entrepreneurship scholars are increasingly referring to entrepreneuring (Steyaert 2007; Johannisson 2011) or entrepreneurship processes (Brixy, Sternberg & Stüber 2012; McMullen & Dimov 2013).   In this special issue, we continue this important conversation and focus on investigating antecedents, dynamics, and likely outcomes of entrepreneurship processes.


Extant research in entrepreneurship has evolved from viewing entrepreneurship as an isolated phenomenon to studying it as a process that is initiated with individual involvement and that – as it unfolds – is affected by several factors (Leyden & Link 2015; Dimov 2020). Moving from a rationalist perspective, researchers have recognized that in entrepreneurship processes planned activities are often combined with random occurrences, predetermined actions can be supplanted by rash decisions, and personal inclinations may need to be adjusted to fit with social expectations. Consistent with this perspective, there is a growing body of literature focusing on entrepreneuring (Steyaert 2007; Johannisson 2011) or entrepreneurship processes (Bygrave 2009; Brixy, Sternberg & Stüber 2012; McMullen & Dimov 2013).

Recently, Dimov (2020) reviewed and again highlighted the complexity of this topic as well as the need for additional research. Despite recent contributions in this area, key elements of the entrepreneurship process remain black boxes or opaque bundles that need to be unpacked and further investigated. Adopting a more holistic approach to studying the entrepreneurial process can enable scholars to address these underdeveloped factors (Pryor, Webb, Ireland & Ketchen 2016). Historically, researchers have predominantly addressed several research paths focused on specific issues or components of the entrepreneurship process. These specific components include, but are not limited to, the following three research areas: (1) the inception of the entrepreneurship process (discovering, selecting or exploiting an entrepreneurial opportunity vs. the creation of new ventures); (2) the individuals engaged in the entrepreneurship process (their characteristics, i.e. risk taking, need for achievement, locus of control); and (3) the external context (positive/favourable or hostile) or the entrepreneurial network (created or emerging).

To adopt a more holistic approach to studying entrepreneurship processes, scholars need to address several aspects simultaneously through a systematic, multidimensional process approach that examines variables affecting antecedents, dynamics, and possible outcomes of entrepreneurship processes (Matricano 2020). By adopting such a process perspective of entrepreneurship, we believe scholars will be able to further our understanding of how elements interact over various stages of the process and address research gaps in the literature.

This Call for Papers is designed to contribute to the investigation of entrepreneurship processes. In doing so we invite submissions that define antecedents, dynamics and outcomes of entrepreneurship processes, frame them in a proper way, test and verify them and disclose and discuss new insights about entepreneuring (Zapkau, Schwens & Kabst 2017). We especially encourage studies that can enlarge the “entrepreneurship as a practice” (EAP) perspective (Steyaert 2007) and conceive of entrepreneurship as a culturally and socially shaped achievement.


Following is a non-exhaustive and non-exclusive list of issues and questions that might be addressed in response to this Call for Papers. Other appropriately related topics are equally welcome:

  • What are the antecedents of entrepreneurship processes? How can we define them?
  • Which variables likely affect the dynamics of entrepreneurship processes? Are they related to entrepreneurs’ intent, to individual characteristics of entrepreneurs, to entrepreneurs’ networks or context?
  • Which variables likely affect the outcomes of entrepreneurship processes? Can their effects be foreseen?
  • How does entrepreneurship processes facilitate local development? To what extent?
  • Do entrepreneurship processes evolve over time?
  • Which theoretical and empirical frameworks might be successfully used to investigate entrepreneurship processes?
  • What are the theoretical implications of studying entrepreneurship as a process?
  • How should we measure the intermediate and final outputs of entrepreneurship processes?

We especially seek empirical papers, both quantitative and qualitative. However conceptual and theory building papers are also welcomed.


Aiming to promote quality research among scholars interested in entrepreneurial processes, the Interest Group in Entrepreneurship of the Italian Academy of Management (SIMA-Societa Italiana di Management) has introduced a Best EURAM-SIMA Paper Award for papers submitted to the track “Entrepreneurial Processes.”  An international jury will review the selected papers and assign the award.


Papers must be original and comply with JSBM submission guidelines. In the online system please ensure you submit your paper within Manuscript Type: ‘Special Issue: Entrepreneurship Processes’.

Submission Instructions


  • Call Opens: June 1, 2021
  • Deadline for submission of papers: September 30, 2021
  • Deadline for First Revision: December 31, 2021
  • Deadline for Final Acceptance: February 28, 2022
  • Publication Date: May 2022


Papers must be original and comply with JSBM submission guidelines. In the online system please ensure you submit your paper within Manuscript Type: ‘Special Issue: Entrepreneurship Processes’.

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