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Sport Entrepreneurship and Public Policy

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy

Guest Editor
Associate Professor Vanessa Ratten, La Trobe University

This Special Issue Call for Papers seeks to contribute to the study of public policy and entrepreneurship by focusing on the sport context. The global sport industry is the initiator and driver of many public policies due to its important role in society and linkage with government organizations. There is more emphasis on sport to include both public and private partnerships when initiating new policies. This has led to increased interest in entrepreneurial sport policies that utilize resources and funding in new ways.

Sport entrepreneurship as a theoretical and practical foundation is being used to understand how public policy can be innovative, risk taking and proactive. This is critical in the competitive business environment that requires new ways of thinking and planning for the future. More athletes, sport organisations and government bodies are utilizing entrepreneurship as a way to be more competitive.

Research topics may include but are not limited to:
•       Innovation and sport public policy
•       Entrepreneurial sport policy
•       International sport bodies and public policy
•       Community sport organizations and entrepreneurship
•       Risk taking and sport government entities
•       Innovative public financing of sport stadiums and arenas
•       Entrepreneurial public/private partnerships

Selected References

Jones, P., Jones, A., Williams-Burnett, N., & Ratten, V. (2017). Let’s get physical: Stories of entrepreneurial activity from sports coaches/instructors. The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 18(4), 219-230.
Miragaia, D. A., Ferreira, J., & Ratten, V. (2017). Corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship: drivers of sports sponsorship policy. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 9(4), 613-623.
Ratten, V. (2017). Entrepreneurial sport policy. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 9(4), 641-648 Ratten, V. (2017). Sports innovation management. Routledge.
Ratten, V. (2018). Sport Entrepreneurship: Developing and Sustaining an Entrepreneurial Sports Culture. Springer.

The Submission Deadline for this special issue is November 30 2018.

Initial queries can be directed towards any of the guest editors on the following email addresses:
Associate Professor Vanessa Ratten , [email protected]

Guest Editorial Team

Associate Professor Vanessa Ratten is a Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. She is the Programme Director for the Masters of Management  (Entrepreneurship and Innovation) course. Her main research interests are sport entrepreneurship, sport innovation and public policy. Her recent books include Sport Entrepreneurship  (Springer, 2018), Sports Innovation Management  (Routledge, 2017) and Sport Entrepreneurship and Innovation  (Routledge, 2016). She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, European Management Journal, Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies, Journal of Science and Technology Policy and International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business. She has published in a range of journals including Journal of Business Research  and the Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing.

Submission Guidelines: We invite theoretical and empirical papers for this special issue. All submissions are subject to the standard double-blind review process. Manuscripts must be original, unpublished works not concurrently under review for publication at another outlet and are expected to follow the standard formatting guidelines for the journal. Submission must be made online at : Submissions should be prepared according to the Manuscript Guidelines found at

When submitting your manuscript, please ensure you select this special issue from the relevant drop down menu on page four of the submission process. Reviews, drafts and outcomes will be conducted through early 2019, with publication for those accepted expected to be mid 2019.