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Call for proposals in ETP- Knowledge Accumulation
Call for proposals in ETP- Knowledge Accumulation
Posted 10-01-2019 14:50
Posted on behalf of Johan Wiklund:
Call for Proposals
Special Issue on Knowledge Accumulation in Entrepreneurship
Submission Deadline: November 15, 2019
Background and Motive
Entrepreneurship scholarship is a big tent. The field is defined not by specific theories, favored
dependent variables or methods, but by interest in broad phenomena related to novelty and creation.
The diversity, eclecticism, and breadth of entrepreneurship provides many advantages. It allows scholars
to focus on issues of great relevance and to stay attuned to current real-world developments (Wiklund
et al., 2019); we can study a wide range of important dependent variables without stepping outside the
boundaries of our field (Shepherd et al., 2019) and like the objects we study, we have the chance to
pursue our research in entrepreneurial ways (Shepherd, 2015). There is a flip side, however. Our field
risks becoming overly fragmented and knowledge accumulation is slower than we may wish for
(Wiklund et al., 2011).
ETP will take on this challenge by promoting and supporting efforts of knowledge accumulation. We
encourage scholars to submit work to ETP that explicitly attempts to create order in and accumulate our
knowledge. We accept proposals within the same topic areas as for regular manuscripts, see aims &
scope on our website.
Specifically, we will launch a special issue devoted to papers focusing on knowledge accumulation in
entrepreneurship. We believe ETP is the ideal outlet for providing such a service to the
entrepreneurship scholarly community given its status as a premier journal, but also given that we have
published several such papers in the past.
Types of Proposals Sought
We believe that the papers we seek fall into four broad categories. The first is qualitative reviews in
some sub-field in entrepreneurship. Such reviews typically both look backwards, reviewing and
generating order in what has already been done, and forward, presenting suggestions as to how the
sub-field can develop going forward. As the intention is to achieve knowledge accumulation and avoid
fragmentation, these reviews need to be of adequate breadth and scope rather than narrowly defined
subfields that instead would threaten to contribute to increased fragmentation.
The second is quantitative, examining the directions and magnitudes of relationships across studies in
relevant topical domains of entrepreneurship. For such purposes, meta-analysis represents a robust and
in entrepreneurship increasingly prevalent way of testing relationships across studies already carried
out. But other options for synthesizing findings in topical domains of entrepreneurship are also possible.
For example, there are now a large number of publicly available datasets lending themselves to
entrepreneurship studies. It is possible to examine the replicability of findings across these datasets
using the same or variants of the datasets. Regardless of which of these approaches is chosen, simply
establishing the magnitude of correlations does not suffice. Broader implications for theory and
entrepreneurship scholarship need to be emphasized so as to achieve knowledge accumulation (see
e.g., Nason & Wiklund, 2018).
A third alternative is to synthesize findings and distill the most important finding from datasets that have
been used repeatedly in entrepreneurship. For example, the PSED, NLSY, PSID, CPS and the Kauffman
Firm Survey in the US, the BHPS in the UK, the CAUSEE in Australia, the Socio-Economic Panel in
Germany, and international datasets such as GEM, the World Bank data, the Flash Eurobarometer and
International Social Survey Program (ISSP), as well as various national matched employee-employer data
from national registers are all datasets that have been used as the empirical basis for a large number of
papers. These papers tend to be standalone efforts with little knowledge accumulation across the
papers. It would be valuable to take stock of these efforts and assess the most important insights that
have been gained from analyses of these datasets, what are common hurdles, and what may remain to
be explored. Such review papers could also discuss what are 'common' or 'best' practice in terms of
construct validity, analytical methods, and various definitions of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial
Fourth and finally, reviews can also look beyond our current empirical bases. Apart from datasets
already being used to address entrepreneurship topics, there are several national and international data
panels that potentially lend themselves to addressing issues relevant also to entrepreneurship. These
appear in various fields, such as medicine, economic development, and political science. Systematic
reviews of how such databases may be used moving forward would be very valuable to the
Submission and Review Process
The submission and review process will be as follows. Authors are encouraged to submit a proposal
(max 10 double-space pages excluding references). The regular ETP editorial team will screen these
proposals and invite the most promising for the submission of full papers that will undergo a standard
double-blind peer review process.
The following criteria will be important in the evaluation of submitted proposals:
Relevance to entrepreneurship scholarship
: The proposal deals with a topic that is (or likely to be in the
future) generating extensive scholarly attention and debate in entrepreneurship research
: The contribution of the proposal is articulated and plausible. It should be significant, yet
Depth of analysis
: The proposal moves beyond reviewing (quantitatively or qualitatively) what has been
done in the field, aiming for critical analysis and synthesis.
: The scope is broad enough to facilitate knowledge accumulation, yet narrow enough that
sufficient depth can be achieved within the time and page limits of the journal.
: The proposal provides evidence that similar reviews have not been recently published in
ETP or elsewhere.
: The proposal tells a compelling and coherent story that is easy to grasp and free of errors.
The deadline for submission of proposals is November 15, 2019.
If you have any questions regarding this exciting special issue on knowledge accumulation, please
contact me via email.
Johan Wiklund, PhD
Editor-in-Chief, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice
The Al Berg Chair and Entrepreneurship Professor
Whitman School of Management
CfP review issue final revised.pdf
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