Call for Chapter Contributions: Entrepreneurial Place Leadership


Emerald-ISBE Book Series

Call for Chapter Contributions

Volume Title: Entrepreneurial Place Leadership


Prof. Robert Newbery, Northumbria University
Dr Michele Rusk, Northumbria University
Mr Colin Bell, North East Local Enterprise Partnership

Entrepreneurial performance is contingent on the place where entrepreneurship happens. Viewing entrepreneurship through this lens, this edited book explores how entrepreneurs lead, and are led, in the context of places that are past, present, emergent, transient and complex.

Place can exert a significant influence over entrepreneurial actions, strategy and performance (Murithi et al. 2019; Tiwasing et al. 2018) and this has been recognized in calls to focus on the context of entrepreneurship (Welter, 2011) and through a burgeoning literature on entrepreneurial ecosystems (Acs et al. 2017). Here the primacy of place is apparent in terms of the constraints and affordances to action that determine entrepreneurial performance, with combinations of geography, demographics, institutions, local culture and policy, defining the opportunity set available to entrepreneurs (Nambisan et al., 2019).

Places become distinct venues where the entrepreneur can compose, practice and perform their craft. They can do so as entrepreneurial leaders assembling a cast and developing a scenario to maximize their performance (Gupta et al., 2014) or as cast members themselves, where the organization of place is curated by ecosystem managers’ intent on developing and growing the entrepreneurs of the future.

This is particularly important in economically and socially uncertain times with entrepreneurial place managers experiencing challenges imposed through ‘unprecedented’ situations such as the Coronavirus pandemic and selected challenges such as reaching the Sustainable Development Goals. As such we invite chapters from international academics and the managers of entrepreneurship ecosystems that explore strategies to support and develop entrepreneurial places, be they: past, present or future; transient or permanent; supportive or therapeutic. We are open to interesting and original contributions where recommendations for practitioners can be made.

Possible themes may relate to the following:

  • Entrepreneurial Place Leadership (EPL)
  • Entrepreneurial place strategies
  • Emergent entrepreneurial places
  • Gendered places
  • Past, present and future case studies of EPL
  • Transient places
  • Intersectional places     

Target Market: The book is aimed at academics and post-graduate students in entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship ecosystem managers.

Publication Timelines:

  • August 1st, 2020: Expressions of Interest
  • December 1st, 2020: Full Chapter Submission
  • February 1st, 2021: Review of submitted chapters returned to Authors
  • April 1st, 2021: Revised Completed Chapter Submissions
  • June 1st, 2021: Final Acceptance Notification

Submitting Author Requirements:  Prospective authors can send an expression of interest to Prof. Robert Newbery, Email: . Submissions should be between 6,000 to 8,000 words including tables and references.

To assist in developing a cohesive book, the following sections should be included in the chapter: Introduction, Literature review, Methodology, Analysis/Findings/Discussion/Case (as relevant), Policy and Practice recommendations for Entrepreneurial Place Management (which should consider contemporary health security concerns and the Sustainable Development Goals), and Conclusion. Whilst we ask authors to follow this structure, we appreciate and expect that the balance will be different between submissions of empirical work (quantitative and qualitative), conceptual and review chapters, and case studies.

All submissions will be blind peer reviewed.


Acs, Z., Stam, E. and Audretsch, D. (2017) ‘The lineages of the entrepreneurial ecosystem approach’. Small Business Economics, 49, 1–10

Gupta, V., MacMillan, I.C. and Surie, G. (2004) ‘Entrepreneurial leadership: developing and measuring a cross-cultural construct’, Journal of Business Venturing, 19, 241-260

Murithi, W., Vershinina, N. and Rodgers, P. (2019) ‘Where less is more: institutional voids and business families in Sub-Saharan Africa’, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research

Nambisan, S., Wright, M. and Feldman, M. (2019) ‘The digital transformation of innovation and entrepreneurship: Progress, challenges and key themes’, Research Policy

Tiwasing, P., Phillipson, J., Gorton, M., Maioli, S., Newbery, R. and Turner, R., (2018) ‘Shining a spotlight on small rural businesses: how does their performance compare with urban?’ Journal of Rural Studies

Welter, F. (2011) ‘Contextualizing Entrepreneurship—Conceptual Challenges and Ways Forward’, Entrepreneurship, Theory and Practice, 35(1), 165–18


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