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31 March 2021

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Transnational Corporations Review

Special Issue Editor(s)

Dr. Muhammad Mohiuddin, Laval University, Quebec, Canada
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Dr. Selim Ahmed, World School of Business, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Dr. Amina Omrane, University of Sfax, Tunisia

Dr. Shahnaz Naughton, Victoria University of Australia

Dr. Abdullah Al Mamun, UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Transnational entrepreneurship: How culture, and socio-economic eco-system influence entrepreneurship in emerging countries?

Advisory Editor:

Professor Zhan Su, Director of Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair in International Business


The 21th century has witnessed many drastic changes related not only to globalization and digitalization, but also to uncertainty arising from specific environmental and climatic issues in post COVID-19 pandemic. To respond to such phenomena, managers as well as entrepreneurs have been switching their leadership styles, their business models, as well as their organizational forms from local to internationalized ones, showing up their openness and their capability to cope with the new environmental trends. Most importantly, the COVID-19 pandemic has generated deep transformations, revolving around unemployment losses worldwide, and appealing for the reconsideration of the central role that entrepreneurship may play in tackling such crises.

In this perspective, entrepreneurship is understood as the process of designing, launching and managing a new business, which generally begins as start-up or emerging company, offering a product, a service or a process for sale (Shane and Venkataram, 2000; Omrane and Fayolle, 2011). Keeping in line with the internationalization view, different forms of entrepreneurship have been developed, i.e. social, green, technology, digital, sustainable, ethnic, international.

Transnational entrepreneurship (TE) has evolved and been progressively adopted by many entrepreneurs. The process of TE involves entrepreneurial activities that are carried out in a cross–national context, and initiated by actors who are embedded in at least two different social and economic arenas (Drori, Honig, & Wright, 2009). The existing literature on this entrepreneurship form (even if still burgeoning) assimilates it to immigrant or ethnic entrepreneurship (Santamaria et al, 2016), referring to regular cross-border operations and opportunities pursuit (Zapata-Barrero & Rezaei, 2020; Brzozowski et al, 2017; Poblete, 2018), and designing individuals involved in a network (Chen and Ten, 2009; Njoku, & Cooney, 2020).  Those transnational entrepreneurs are generally expected to mobilize social and professional networks in at least two institutional settings (their home countries and their host ones), and then to leverage a large bundle of resources and assets originating from those contexts ).

Transnational entrepreneurs have also to frequently experience new challenges related to the cultural differences, the social discrepancies, as well as the institutional distance between the distinct corresponding realms. For this reason, transnational entrepreneurs must develop specific cross-cultural skills and to disseminate a wider knowledge that allow them to handle effectively foreign market processes within an international business perspective (Zahra et al, 2005). Current literature lacks addressing low-cost-high-value innovative entrepreneurial ventures that take place in emerging markets since last 30 years thanks to rapid economic emergence and changing entrepreneurial eco-system.

Aims and Scope

Varieties of innovative entrepreneurial ventures starting from social business models to techno-preneurial start-ups from across the emerging markets with cultural, social, political, economic, and institutional differences deserve in-depth exploration. For a better understanding of transnational entrepreneurship, we need to develop knowledge, competencies, and even behaviors that should lead us to choose the best path that allows business ideas to germinate across borders. The special issue seeks paper exploring those knowledge, competencies and experiences that took place in an emerging country context and how those frugal innovative ideas can be scaled-up to other emerging countries.

These premises are sometimes based on the false beliefs that entrepreneurship can be developed for any type of individuals and in any kind of organizational environment and ecosystem, repeatedly excluding the fundamental role of cultural aspects that constitute natural inducers of entrepreneurship. In other words, entrepreneurship and the resulting success of any new venture creation are a mixture of various factors, attributable to both endogenous and exogenous aspects. Such aspects require in turn follow-up processes that enable entrepreneurs to the state of their progress and then to make decisions based on efficient information timely.

In this regard, it is necessary to establish a methodological view from various procedures, techniques and instruments on the impacts of cultural/social aspects on the success of actions aimed at developing transnational entrepreneurship.

Topics to Research

Keeping all the elements discussed above in view, the proposed special issue at the Transnational Corporations Review (TNCR), a SCOPUS indexed journal published by Routledge, will offer the opportunity to authors to contribute to disseminate knowledge on transnational entrepreneurship through the lens of the cultural/social aspects in this digital age. Contributors can then propose their research papers exploring following and related topics:

  • Transnational entrepreneurship: towards the fight against the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Cultural challenges experienced by transnational entrepreneurs in the era of digitalization.
  • Social issues and concerns experienced by transnational entrepreneurs
  • Factors of success of transnational entrepreneurs.
  • Strategic policies and specific skills required by transnational entrepreneurs to meet foreign markets’ expectations.
  • Roles associated to social networks/capital in the transnational entrepreneurial development.
  • Contribution of ICTs and digital tools to the transnational trade and global development.
  • Contribution of higher education institutions’ curricula in promoting transnational entrepreneurship in the digital age.

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Submission Instructions

We invite contributors to submit an abstract of about 300 words by November 30, 2020. The abstract submitted should include effective correspondence email and affiliation. The abstracts will be assessed by the guest editors of this special issue along with the Editors of the TNCR. The contributors will be notified within two weeks for comments or suggestions, including the acceptance or rejection of the abstracts. We expect the final papers to be submitted no later than March 31, 2021.

A peer review process will start from April 2021. The publication is expected in September 2021. The subject line to submit an abstract should be “S.I. Transnational entrepreneurs”. Please note that the acceptance of abstracts does not necessarily imply the acceptance of the paper. All submissions will go through a substantial review and revisions in following the standard processes.

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