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CALL FOR PAPERS SPECIAL ISSUE ON Entrepreneurial ecosystems in a digital economy


SPECIAL ISSUE ON Entrepreneurial ecosystems in a digital economy

International Journal of E-Entrepreneurship and Innovation (IJEEI)

Guest Editor
Luísa Cagica Carvalho (Open University and CEFAGE – University of Évora - Portugal)

The research on entrepreneurial ecosystem proposes distinctive perspectives. According with Isenberg (2011), firstly, the explicit focus is on entrepreneurial activity and especially on high growth firms. Second, the emphasis is on local and regional environments and the conditions required to generate and support ambitious entrepreneurship. Third, it emphasises the interactions between framework conditions and local/regional geographical environments.
These several perspectives allows the inclusion of different topics, such as, ‘regional development and smart cities’, ‘innovation’, ‘cluster’ policies’, ‘technology transfer’, ‘business incubators’, ‘entrepreneurial universities’, ‘triple helix’, ‘academic spin-offs’, ‘creative territories’, ‘digital ecosystems’, etc.

The debate around the topic ‘entrepreneurial ecosystems’ is on agenda, some questions asking for an answer:
-       Is an entrepreneurial ecosystem born or made?
-       Which indicators are suitable to measure entrepreneurial ecosystems?
-       It’s possible (or not) identify types or archetypes of Entrepreneurial ecosystems?
-       Which public policies could approaches for develop entrepreneurial ecosystems?
-       Which entrepreneurial opportunities and challenges becomes with digital economy?

Several researchers worldwide have been studying the subject of the entrepreneurship and contributions are multidisciplinary and diverse, as well as their topics of interest.

The Special Issue Entrepreneurial ecosystems aims to create a space for reflection and discussion on topics of entrepreneurship and ecosystems in a regional context considering its impact on the development of territories and on innovation and technology transfer. Various approaches to the subject will be presented allowing the discussion of papers that propose innovative solutions, strategies and promote sustainable development and competitiveness of the territories.

Topics to be discussed in this special issue include (but are not limited to) the following:

1.      Public policies to promote entrepreneurial ecosystems
2.      Regional development, smart cities and ICT
3.      Cluster’ policies and  digital entrepreneurship
4.      Business incubators and e-incubation
5.       Entrepreneurial universities and elearning
6.       Triple helix
7.       Academic spin-offs
8.       Creative territories
9.       Digital ecosystems
10.     Entrepreneurship, innovation and creation of regional value: Cases sectors / companies with regional impact - industry, services, agriculture - encompassed by level of technology, business size, industry structure, property type.
11.     Internationalization of entrepreneurial ecosystems
12.     Business Models
13.     E-Business Models
14.     Barriers and challenges of e-entrepreneurship and innovation
15.     Case studies on e-entrepreneurship and innovation
16.     Role of internet and other ICTs in e-entrepreneurship and innovation
17.     Other topics considered relevant

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on Entrepreneurial ecosystems in a digital economy on or before 30th May 2017. All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. INTERESTED AUTHORS SHOULD CONSULT THE JOURNAL’S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.

ABOUT International Journal of E-Entrepreneurship and Innovation (IJEE)I:
The mission of the International Journal of E-Entrepreneurship and Innovation (IJEEI) is to provide an international forum for researchers and practitioners to advance the knowledge and practice of all facets of electronic entrepreneurship and innovation. Emerging e-entrepreneurship and innovation theories, technologies, applications, and challenges are emphasized to stimulate and disseminate cutting-edge information into research and business communities in a timely fashion. This journal develops a comprehensive framework of e-entrepreneurship and innovation by taking a multidisciplinary approach to understanding e-entrepreneurship and innovation and its implications on entrepreneurship, businesses, and economies.

All inquires should be should be directed to the attention of:
Luísa Cagica Carvalho, Guest Editor
International Journal of E-Entrepreneurship and Innovation (IJEEI)
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All manuscript submissions to the special issue should be sent through the online submission system:

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