A special issue of Administrative Sciences (ISSN 2076-3387).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2024
Two concepts-entrepreneurship and innovation-are very often used interchangeably, although they refer to different phenomena. Krueger and Brazeal (1994) defined entrepreneurship as "the pursuit of opportunity irrespective of existing resources" (p.91). Numerous studies of entrepreneurship identified common phases or steps of the entrepreneurial process: recognize opportunities, identify and develop an opportunity, exploit an opportunity, acquire resources, develop a strategy, organize to implement and execute a plan to achieve a specific outcome (Brockner et al., 2004; Chell, 2013; Shane, 2003).
Meanwhile, innovation is "the process of making changes, large and small, radical and incremental, to products, processes, and services that results in the introduction of something new for the organization that adds value to customers and contributes to the knowledge store of the organization" (O'Sullivan & Dooley, 2008: p. 5). This process follows steps identified by researchers as identifying a unique selling proposition, generating ideas, conceptualizing an idea, developing and testing a prototype, manufacturing, introducing to and distributing within a market (Dziallas & Blind, 2019; Kline & Rosenberg, 2010).
The two concepts are intertwined as entrepreneurial is often described as an innovative approach. Traditionally, research of entrepreneurship and innovation focuses on drivers of each step of the process (whether entrepreneurship or innovation). However, a new trend is developing: studying entrepreneurship and innovation from a perspective of the impact of national culture and personal trust on entrepreneurship and innovation. With the developments of e-commerce and telecommunications on the one hand, and a lack of resources for entrepreneurs on the other, there is a need to create international networks. Those networks require cooperation and partnerships across countries based on trust (Schreier et al., 2020).
Potential topics that might be explored in this Special Issue include, but are not limited to, the following main themes:
Theoretical and empirical papers, quantitative and qualitative methodologies, case studies, and literature reviews are welcome. A variety of perspectives will encourage the exchange of ideas and research findings.
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Chell, E. (2013). Review of skill and the entrepreneurial process. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, 19(1), 6–31.
Dziallas, M., & Blind, K. (2019). Innovation indicators throughout the innovation process: An extensive literature analysis. Technovation, 80, 3–29.
King, N. (1992). Modelling the innovation process: An empirical comparison of approaches. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 65(2), 89–100.
Kline, S. J., & Rosenberg, N. (2010). An overview of innovation. Studies on science and the innovation process: Selected works of Nathan Rosenberg. World Scientific: Hackensack, NJ, 173–203.
Krueger Jr, N. F., & Brazeal, D. V. (1994). Entrepreneurial potential and potential entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship theory and practice, 18(3), 91–104.
Schreier, C., Scherrer, S., Udomkit, N., & Farrar, J. (2020). Trustworthy small and medium-sized enterprise network partners: Small and medium-sized enterprise partnerships in the international entrepreneurial process. Global business review, 21(1), 88–107.
Shane, S. A. (2003). A general theory of entrepreneurship: The individual-opportunity nexus. Edward Elgar Publishing.
O'Sullivan, D., & Dooley, L. (2008). Applying innovation. Sage publications.
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