Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Call for papers. Special Issue: Global Entrepreneurship: Past, Present & Future

Call for Proposals

Advances in International Management 2016

Global Entrepreneurship: Past, Present & Future


  • Timothy Devinney (University of Leeds)
  • Gideon Markman (Colorado State University)
  • Torben Pedersen (Bocconi University)
  • Laszlo Tihanyi (Texas A&M University)
The role that small- and medium-sized enterprises play in the economic development and growth of cities, regions and nations has been an increasing subject of debate and study for the last half century. Concomitant with the concern with the larger social and economic impact of these firms there has been interest in the factors that lead to their formation, growth, and decline. We know that startups face daunting economic factors that result in their high failure rates. These risks are exacerbated by the economic developments over the last half century that have created conditions where the economic pressures facing small and medium sized firms have become increasingly global. Hence, it is critical that such firms account for how they can compete at larger scale more quickly and do so in a geographically wider domain. In addition, the increasing global nature of competition means that entrepreneurs need to develop business models that can thrive not just in their local markets, but also adapt to a variety of cultures, social, and economic ecosystems that might be quite different. In short, while the complexity of building a global startup and expanding a small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) globally are well appreciated, our understanding of these complexities remains quite limited.

The 2016 volume of the Advances in International Management—the most-downloaded annual scholarly publications in business and management—will focus on the opportunities and challenges that entrepreneurs and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) face in a world of global competitions. We have outlined four goals for this volume. First, we would like to provide an overview of successful strategies that global entrepreneurs and SMEs have employed that have allowed them to establish regional and international footprints. Second, we wish to examine how local resources, culture and managerial capabilities have contributed to startups’ global success (or the lack thereof). Third, we would like to study the interactions between SMEs and multinational enterprises (MNEs) both at the level of MNEs as incubators for entrepreneurial ventures and as competitors to those ventures. Fourth, we aim to publish a collection of chapters with original, even edgy ideas and theoretical advances that will provide the foundation for future doctoral dissertations and other research projects on international entrepreneurship.

We hope the volume will provide a forum for thought-provoking empirical research, theoretical ideas, discussions, and reviews owing to its format and our review process. We are open to theoretical papers and empirical submissions using different methodological approaches and diverse macro and micro perspectives.

Submission Information

  • Authors should submit an electronic copy of their proposal (5 single-spaced pages) to the Editors of the volume ( by July 1, 2015. Our suggestion is to not submit your abstract before 1 June, as we will not be examining them in sequence.
  • Workshop for abstracts accepted for consideration: 7-8 October 2015 (immediately following the SMS Conference). The workshop will be held in Denver.
  • Submission deadline for full papers: November 15, 2015.
  • Submission deadline for revised papers: February 10, 2016.
  • Publication date of volume: July 1, 2016.

The Advances in International Management (AIM) is a research annual devoted to advancing the cross-border study of organizations and management practices from a global, regional, or comparative perspective, with emphasis on interdisciplinary inquiry. Information on past AIM volumes and contributors can be found at the following link:

Timothy M. Devinney
University Leadership Chair and Professor of International Business
Leeds University Business School
Maurice Keyworth Building
University of Leeds | Leeds | LS2 9JT | UK