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The International Journal of Entrepreneurship
and Innovation was launched at the beginning of a century
in which an understanding of the nature, process and practice of
entrepreneurship will be a key factor in economic success.
Worldwide, the proliferation of small businesses and their increasing
importance in the economy mean that the management and growth of
such enterprises are ever-more critical in national and regional
development. At the same time, changes in work patterns and the
frequent opportunities for innovation offered by accelerating technological
development make entrepreneurship within organizations - 'intrapreneurship'
- a core challenge for large companies. From multinational to micro-enterprise,
no business can afford to ignore this issue.
What is entrepreneurship? Can it be taught? How do entrepreneurs
balance their innovative talents with the need to manage their business
and control its growth? How do large organizations encourage and
empower entrepreneurial behaviour? The International Journal of
Entrepreneurship and Innovation addresses these and many other questions,
focusing on practical application - from becoming an entrepreneur,
through making financial choices, through strategic planning, to
internationalization and acquisition. As entrepreneurship also has
a key role to play outside the private sector, the journal includes
in its coverage entrepreneurial issues in non-profit public-sector
Published quarterly, IJEI provides a worldwide forum for the
exploration and dissemination of ideas and experience relating to
the development and application of entrepreneurship. The journal
takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on the highest-quality
work in business and management and in the social sciences.
Authors and readers are drawn from universities, government,
and industry. In particular, IJEI will appeal to researchers and
teachers concerned with entrepreneurship and related issues in higher
education (especially in business schools, and university departments
of management, sociology and psychology); to government departments
and initiatives whose objective is to promote entrepreneurial and
innovative activity; and to human resources directors and chief
executives in industry, as well as to entrepreneurs themselves.
The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
(ISSN 1465-7503) is a refereed journal and is published in February,
May, August and November. Online access to the electronic edition
is provided as a free supplement to subscribers to the printed journal.
- Strategic dimensions of growth
- The entrepreneur as manager of a growing company
- Financing company growth
- Internationalization and growth
- The acquisitions process of a growing company
- Teaching entrepreneurship
- Strategic alliances
- New forms of organization
- Women and entrepreneurship
- Entrepreneurial behaviour in large organizations
- Entrepreneurship in developing countries
- Making allies in business
- Ethics, the entrepreneur and the company
Each issue of IJEI includes four to six double-blind peer-reviewed
papers. Contents and abstracts of the latest issue are available
on this Website.
In addition to the selected papers, regular features are:
- A case study of around 2,000-3,000 words. Designed for use
in the 'classroom', case studies will be supported by questions,
provided either by the author or the editor. The case studies
will be diverse in coverage and approach. They may, for example:
(1) describe a process whereby an entrepreneurial activity has
succeeded or failed; (2) outline the stages involved in establishing
a new enterprise: innovation, start-up, maturation, growth and
decline; or (3) analyse a particular facet of a new enterprise
(eg a human resource issue or the financing of the enterprise).
- The Internet Review. This section identifies and reviews
Websites of interest for those interested in research on entrepreneurship,
small firms and innovation in an international context.
Authors: please read and revise your manuscript
to achieve the following requirements before submitting your manuscript
to the Editor. Submissions should be sent by e-mail to Dr
Gerard McElwee - g.mcelwee(a)shu.ac.uk
Length and presentation of contributions
Articles should preferably be in the region of 5,000-8,000 words,
including tables and references. Case studies are also sought, and
such contributions will be especially welcome from practising entrepreneurs.
These should be between 2,000 and 3,000 words long. Submissions
should be submitted electronically as Word documents (please
do not send PDF files).
The text should be ordered under appropriate
sub-headings (not numbered paragraphs or sections) and these should
not be more than 800 words apart. Three levels of sub-heading are
possible. Please double space all text.
The title page should show the names
and addresses of the authors, their professional status and affiliation
and the address (including e-mail) to which correspondence should
be sent. As this page will not be sent to referees, the title of
the article (without author names) should be repeated on the first
An abstract should be provided, comprising
Between 3 and 6 keywords should appear
below the abstract, highlighting the main topics of the paper.
References should follow the Harvard
system. That is, they should be shown within the text as the author’s
surname (or authors’ surnames) followed by a comma and the year
of publication, all in round brackets: for example, (Smith, 2001).For
textual citations, where there are two authors please use the word
'and', not the ampersand (thus: '(Smith and Jones, 2012)'. Where
there are more than two authors, please use the first-named author
only, followed by 'et al' in italics (thus: Smith et al, 2012).
At the end of the article a bibliographical list should be supplied,
organized alphabetically by author (surnames followed by initials
- all authors should be named). Bibliographic information should
be given in the order indicated by the following examples:
* Articles: McMullan, W.E., and Vesper,
K.H. (2000), 'Becoming an entrepreneur: a participant's perspective',
International Journal of Entrepreneurship and
Innovation, Vol 1, No 1, pp 33-43.
* Books: Casson, M. (2003),
The Entrepreneur: An Economic Theory,
Edward Elgar, Cheltenham.
Notes should be numbered consecutively
in the text and typed in plain text at the end of the paper (not
as footnotes on text pages).
Tables should be reduced to the simplest
form and present only essential data. They should be submitted on
separate sheets at the end of the article. The use of vertical rules
in tables should be avoided.
For illustrations, line drawings and
black and white photographs are acceptable. Authors are asked to
supply originals of line drawings for reproduction.
Case studies are welcome and should follow the format described
above. They should be accompanied by a set of questions and model
answers (see previous issues for clarification).
Case Study Submission Notes
Structure of papers
Please do provide: (a) clear aims and objectives; (b) a clear
research question; (c) a discussion of your methodological approach;
(d) a discussion of the limitations of your methodology; (e) further
research questions if appropriate; (f) the policy implications of
your paper if appropriate. Please also ensure that the bibliography
is as contemporary as possible.
- Indicate in your covering letter (that is, your e-mail message)
of submission what is unique and valuable about the manuscript.
- All figures and tables must be at the end of the manuscript;
indicate the desired placement in text with ‘Insert Table 1
about here’ etc.
- Make sure that you double space everything on the cover,
abstract, text, and reference pages using 12-point Times Roman
- Use UK English.
- Consider asking someone to read the manuscript before submission
and give comments to you. The person can be thanked in the footnote
paragraph at the bottom of the cover page.
- Centre page numbers at the foot of each page; do not place
a page number on the cover page.
- Include the month and year in the centre of the cover page.
- Quotations should be within single quotation marks.
Articles are received on the understanding that they are original
contributions, and have not been published officially, either in
print or electronic form, or submitted for publication elsewhere.
In this respect, ‘discussion’ or ‘working’ papers, conference presentations
and proceedings are not considered to be official publications,
unless they have been formally deemed so by conference organizers,
or presented as edited works through recognized publishing channels.
If in doubt, authors are asked to draw the attention of the Editor
to any prior dissemination of the paper in their letter of submission.
Please note that articles should not be posted on personal Websites
or social networking sites before or after submission.
Academic papers will be subject to a ‘double blind’ review –
the anonymity of both authors and referees will be preserved throughout
the refereeing process. Papers by authors who are not academics
(such as submissions from practising entrepreneurs) will also be
subject to review before acceptance, but their distinct nature and
aims will be fully taken into account.
Authors will be asked to assign copyright, where possible, to
IP Publishing Ltd. Relevant authors’ rights are protected.
Author Checklist for Final versions
Editor: Dr Gerard McElwee, Professor
of Entrepreneurship, Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam
University, City Campus, Howard Street, Sheffield S1 1WB, UK. E-mail:
Regional Editors: Asia - Professor
Manoj Joshi, Amity University, India; Canada and USA - Professor
E. McMullan, University of Calgary, Canada; Europe - Dr Sarah Drakopoulou
Dodd, ALBA Graduate School of Business at The American College of
Internet Review Editor: Clifford Conway,
Small Business Research Unit, Brighton Business School, University
of Brighton, Mithras House, Lewes Road, Brighton BN2 4AT, UK. E-mail:
Book Reviews Editor: Dr Stephen Dobson,
Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University, Stoddart
Building, City Campus, Sheffield S1 1WB, UK. E-mail: s.dobson(a)shu.ac.uk.
Editorial Advisory Board
- Professor Alistair R. Anderson
The Robert Gordon University, UK
- Professor Costas Andriopoulos
Cardiff University, UK
- Professor Alan Carsrud
Abo Akademi University, Finland
- Professor Leo Paul Dana
University of Canterbury, New Zealand
- Professor Davide Dell'Anno
Second University of Naples, Italy
- Dr Simon Down
Newcastle University Business School, UK
- Professor Alain Fayolle
EM Lyon, France
- Dr Laura Galloway
Heriot-Watt University, UK
- Dr Rainer Harms
University of Twente, The Netherlands
- Professor Ulla Hytti
University of Turku, Finland
- Professor Jill Kickul
NYU Stern School of Business, USA
- Professor Susan Marlow
Nottingham University Business School, UK
- Professor Harry Matlay
Birmingham City University Business School, UK
- Professor Pauric McGowan
University of Ulster, UK
- Professor Jay Mitra
University of Essex, UK
- Dr Kevin Mole
University of Warwick, UK
- Professor Michael H. Morris
Oklahoma State University, USA
- Professor Wai-sum Siu
Hong Kong Baptist University
- Professor George T. Solomon
Geroge Washington University, USA
- Professor Harriet B. Stephenson
Seattle University, USA
- Professor Rhodri Thomas
Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
- Dr Peter van der Sijde
Free University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Professor Kari M. Vesala
University of Helsinki, Finland
- Dr Lorraine Warren
University of Southampton, UK
- Professor Paul Westhead
Durham University Business School, UK
- Dr David Wilemon
Syracuse University, USA
- Professor Colin C. Williams,
University of Sheffield, UK