Call for papers for a special issue on entrepreneurship education and collaboration


Collaboration in Entrepreneurship Education: Challenges, Opportunities and Innovations

Journal of Small Business & EntrepreneurshipAs the perceived value of entrepreneurship has risen to prominence and the challenges faced by economies seeking to become more entrepreneurial have become apparent, one response has been to expand entrepreneurship education (Kuratko, 2005). Sitting at ‘the crossroads of entrepreneurship and education’ (Fayolle, 2013), there are a range of potential avenues for development and alternative ways forwards. Progress presents a range of challenges, such as legitimacy and the balance between theory and practice, but also new opportunities and innovations. Entrepreneurship education differs from other forms of business education, for example in the types of skill required and the ways in which these might be developed. This necessitates new partners and new ways of learning (Fayolle, Verzat and Wapshott, 2016; Solomon, Duffy and Tarabishy, 2002) and a key area for innovative approaches to the challenges and opportunities of entrepreneurship education is therefore through collaboration.

This collaboration can involve alternative ways of thinking about the roles of higher education institutions (HEIs), the interactions between different disciplines (Janssen and Bacq, 2010; McCarver, Jessup and Davis, 2010) as well as with other stakeholders, organisations and funding bodies (Maas and Jones, 2017; Pugh et al, 2016). Culkin (2016), in a review of HEI activity supporting entrepreneurship, identifies how HEIs can be a focus of financial resources and government action that relates to activities extending beyond the walls of the institution. They can also act as ‘anchor institutions’, embedded within and committed to particular regions and regional development (Menzies, 2010; Nicolosi and Keeling, 2013). However, Pugh et al (2016) suggest that such broader roles for HEIs, and in turn alternative forms of collaboration, are under-researched.

There is also significant scope for international collaboration as a means of addressing shared challenges (for example Bibikas, Vorley and Wapshott, 2017; Heitor, 2015) and for engaging in productive debates around approaches rooted in different contexts and responding to different challenges. This broadening scope of collaborators may also involve different ways of thinking about the provision of entrepreneurship education, for example involving the ‘enterprise industry’ which includes a broad range of often profit-seeking businesses providing forms of support, advice and advocacy services to entrepreneurs and small businesses. Such organisations and the networks that can develop between and around them offer potential ways to root entrepreneurship education in practice as well as to develop network building and valuable learning communities (Zhang and Hamilton, 2010).

This special issue seeks to gather insights into the different forms of collaboration of relevance to entrepreneurship education in a range of contexts. It invites submissions that consider international examples of innovations in entrepreneurship education with a view to establishing fresh ideas and insights that may be of wider application within the education, entrepreneurship, HEI and policy communities.

Possible topic areas include, but are not confined to:

  • Entrepreneurship education as embedded in specific cultures and contexts: the value of collaboration in response to culturally-specific challenges; international collaboration; importing ‘best practice’
  • Forms of collaboration as avenues to alternative audiences for entrepreneurship education
  • Alternative forms of collaboration, e.g. discrete programmes, networks, alternative educators (outside HEIs, such as within the enterprise industry)
  • Alternative forms of entrepreneurship education, e.g. pedagogical innovations, outside the classroom, practice-based learning
  • Social entrepreneurship and education
  • The relevance and value of collaboration for academic entrepreneurship and university spin outs
  • Multi-disciplinary forms of collaboration in entrepreneurship education
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of collaborative entrepreneurship education programmes


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Full papers are due by December 31, 2017 and the special issue is scheduled to publish in Summer 2018. Papers must be original and comply with JSBE submissions. Refer to for submission guidelines and a link to the on-line submission system. In the on-line system, make sure you submit your script within Manuscript Type: ‘Special Issue: Collaboration in entrepreneurship education: challenges, opportunities and innovations’.


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