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31 March 2021

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Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment

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Allam Hamdan, Ahlia University, Manama, Bahrain
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Bahaaeddin Alareeni, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
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Hasan Ghura, Box Hill College Kuwait - Kuwait
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Reem Khamis, Brunel University - London, United Kingdom
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Sustainable Finance for Continued Entrepreneurship Growth in Developing Economies

Recent trends in entrepreneurship research have highlighted the need for understanding the variations of entrepreneurial activity through the lens of institutional theory (Acs et al., 2014a, b; Bjørnskov and Foss, 2013, 2016). However, the review of both the theoretical and empirical literature has revealed that most studies addressing the development of entrepreneurial activity have failed to consider the compliance with environmental, social and governance (ESG) on growing entrepreneurship in developing economies (George and Reed, 2016; Urbano et al., 2018). For that reason, this special issue aims to address this gap by highlighting the entrepreneurial opportunities and challenges in developing economies from an institutional, environmental, social perspectives. This can be achieved by examining the influence of formal institutions (e.g., laws and regulations, tertiary education, and firm-level technology absorption) and informal institutions (e.g., culture and social norms) on the development of different types of entrepreneurial activities (e.g., new firms and corporate entrepreneurship) in emerging economies.

Most studies that link entrepreneurship and institutions have focused on developed economies, which are often characterised by a mature and stable institutional environment (Estrin et al., 2013; Sambharya and Musteen, 2014; Castaño-Martínez et al., 2015). While these studies provided exciting insights into the field, researchers have suggested more elaboration and examination of the theory within the context of developing economies (Bruton et al., 2008; Bruton et al., 2009; Hoskisson et al., 2011).

Developing economies are fast becoming key players in the new global economy. In this regard, Kiss et al. (2012, p. 266) stated that: “The largest of these economies (i.e., China, India, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, South Korea, Tur key, Indonesia, and Poland) now comprise over a third of the world's 25 largest economies and are growing at around three times the pace of the advanced ones”.

Since the coronavirus outbreak began in January, the growth of entrepreneurial activity has been severely slowed in many countries, affecting their economic growth and development. Therefore, there is a growing body of literature that is focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on entrepreneurship with a focus on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) (Bouey, 2020; Carvalho et al., 2020; Dai et al., 2020; Turner and Akinremi, 2020). Most SMEs will be affected negatively by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, some entrepreneurs will be able to exploit business opportunities from this crisis. Therefore, Turner and Akinremi (2020) highlighted three main reasons why it is crucial to understand the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on SMEs. In this respect, what is the role of sustainable finance during unconventional circumstances for continued entrepreneurial growth?

This special issue invites empirical and theoretical research papers on any of the following topics and related areas. Authors are encouraged to contact the editors if they have questions on the suitability of these and other topics. An illustrative list includes, but is not limited to, the following themes:

  • Entrepreneurship and economic sustainability.
  • Role of ESG on growing entrepreneurship.
  • Building institutional capacity of environmental governance through social entrepreneurship.
  • Entrepreneurship, poverty alleviation, and economic development.
  • Stimulating Entrepreneurship and Innovative environment
  • FinTech, RegTech and entrepreneurship.
  • The interaction effect of formal and informal institutions on the development of entrepreneurial activities.
  • The nexus of Ethnic, family and entrepreneurship in emerging economies.
  • The role of formal and informal institutions on entrepreneurial activities.
  • Entrepreneurial education and entrepreneurial universities.
  • How can SMEs survive financially during uncertain situations such as COVID-19?
  • Gender issues and entrepreneurship in emerging economies.
  • Corporate Governance and Firm’s Performance. ‎
  • Comparison of Sustainability Practices, Strategies and Policies. ‎
  • Social responsibility disclosures and firms' performance.
  • Environmental disclosures and firms' performance
  • Corporate governance, Board Composition and firm performance. ‎
  • ESG, Gender and firm’s performance. ‎
  • Evaluating ESG activities and engagement. ‎
  • Socially responsibly investment. ‎
  • Management decision, Earnings Management and ESG.‎

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The journal welcomes all scientific papers that work on improving theories and practices that would set a framework to originate and improve theories and practices.
Authors are encouraged to contact the editors if they have questions on the suitability of these and other topics.
Authors invited to submit full articles must do so on the journal platform no later than March 31, 2021.
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Articles must be original and comply with Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment criteria.

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