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Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management in Emerging Economies

Special issue call for papers from Management Decision


Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management in Emerging Economies

Entrepreneurship in the 21st century has become a global order as it propels economic growth of countries (Valliere and Peterson, 2009) and is considered as much a social as an economic phenomenon (Thornton et al., 2011). Entrepreneurship and innovation management are key competitive advantage in the globalized world and more so in the emerging economies wherein lies tremendous growth opportunities. It has been found that the entrepreneurship and innovation are complementary as organizational success and sustainability in today’s dynamic and changing environment depends upon combination of these two – the entrepreneurship and the innovation (Zhao, 2005).

Emerging countries as compared with developed countries are characterized by a lower level of economic development and possess relatively immature legal, political and financial institutions which results in an ambiguous and uncertain business context (Marcotte, 2014). Furthermore, it has also been observed that any kind of institutional and policy changes, including policies on innovation in the emerging countries often follow non-linear and unpredictable way (Hoskisson, Eden, Lau and Wright, 2000; Peng, 2001, 2003). As a result, these kind of changing and uncertain context in the emerging countries may theoretically increase as well as constrain entrepreneurship and innovation (Marcotte, 2010). It is also a fact that there is tremendous need as well as opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation in the emerging countries to grow and survive. However, the research literature on entrepreneurship and innovation are very scant from the emerging markets which could be leveraged by the leader and the managers working across small and medium size entrepreneurial firms in this region of the world. The literature on entrepreneurship and innovation management is relatively new and skewed towards North America and Europe (Cetindamar, Gupta, Karadeniz and Egrican, 2012) and very little work have been published focusing on the Middle Eastern region (Chamlou, 2007) and the emerging markets of the world.

It is in this context that we felt a need to bring out special issue on Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management in Emerging Economies in the Management Decision for the express purpose of sharing solid research papers with all those who are engaged in developing and implementing architectures for supporting entrepreneurship and managing innovation in entrepreneurial firms in the emerging economies. Management Decision publishes rigorous qualitative and quantitative research by leading management scholars, dialogues and debates between proponents of conflicting points of view, and essays by influential and experienced practitioners. Needless to mention that research in Management Decision features relevant and tendentious questions, robust conceptual and theoretic foundations, rigorous methodologies, provocative findings and bold implications. This Special Issue seeks to platform the work of researchers, management thinkers, policy makers and the likes who are in a position to offer new perspective to this particular research area – Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management in Emerging Economies.

The following are envisioned areas, but not limited to, this special issue will focus on:

•    Creativity and innovation management
•    Employee engagement in SMEs
•    Entrepreneurial and technology orientation
•    Entrepreneurial firm and HRM practices
•    Entrepreneurial firm and knowledge management
•    Entrepreneurial strategies of self-employed
•    Entrepreneurship and economic development
•    Entrepreneurship, innovation, organizational culture and leadership
•    Entrepreneurship, innovation and national culture
•    Entrepreneurship, innovation and economic growth
•    Gender and family business
•    Gender, society and entrepreneurship
•    ICT, entrepreneurship and innovation
•    Innovation and firm performance
•    Innovation and management
•    Organizational change and innovation

Important Dates:

Paper Submission Deadline:     April 30th, 2017
Tentative Publication:     August/September 2017

Guidelines for Paper Submission:
The papers submitted for this special issue of the Management Decision will initially be filtered by a Guest Editor and then submitted for rigorous review. Needless to mentions that successful papers should demonstrate a clear academic challenge together with a robust methodological approach to be considered for this special. All works need to be original.

•    Please visit the Management Decision at to know more about the manuscript requirements.

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Guest Editors:

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Singh
College of Business Administration, Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Prof. (Dr.) Sonjaya S. Gaur
Sunway University Business School, Sunway University, Malaysia


Cetindamar, D., Gupta, V.K., Karadeniz, E.E. and Egrican. N. (2012), “What the numbers tell: The impact of human, family and financial capital on women and men's entry into
entrepreneurship in Turkey”, Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, Vol. 24,
 No. 1 / 2, pp. 29–51.
Chamlou, N. (2007), “The environment for women’s entrepreneurship in the Middle East and
North Africa Region”, Report for the World Bank, Washington DC. Available at: (Last accessed January 08, 2016).
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American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 91 No. 3, pp. 481-510.
Thornton, P.H., Ribeiro-Soriano, D. and Urbano, D. (2011), “Socio-cultural factors and
entrepreneurial activity: an overview”, International Small Business Journal, Vol. 29, pp. 05-118.
Valliere, D. and Peterson, R. (2009), “Entrepreneurship and economic growth: evidence from
emerging and developed countries”, Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, Vol. 21, pp. 459-480.
Hoskisson, R.E., Eden, L., Lau, C.M. and Wright, M. (2000), “Strategy in emerging economies”, Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 43 No. 3, pp. 249-267.
Marcotte, C. (2014)," Entrepreneurship and innovation in emerging economies Conceptual, methodological and contextual issues ", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Vol. 20 No. 1 pp. 42 – 65.
Peng, M. (2001), “How entrepreneurs create wealth in transition economies”, Academy of Management Executive, Vol. 15 No. 1, pp. 95-112.
Peng, M.W. (2003), “Institutional transitions and strategic choices”, Academy of Management Review, Vol. 28 No. 2, pp. 275-296.
Zhao, F. (2005), "Exploring the synergy between entrepreneurship and innovation", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Vol. 11 No. 1 pp. 25 – 41