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JCE sponsors best paper award for track on Chinese Entrepreneurship at ECIE 2010

Conference call for papers from Journal of Chinese Entrepreneurship

JCE will sponsor a best paper award at the ECIE 2010. Selected papers submitted to the mini-track ‘Chinese Entrepreneurship: Institutions, New Venture Creation and Growth’ will be considered for review and potential publication in JCE. The deadline for the abstracts is 25th February 2010.


Call for Papers, Posters, Round Table Proposals, Practitioner Contributions and Product Demonstrations


Mini track on Chinese Entrepreneurship: Institutions, New Venture Creation and Growth

Track co-chairs: Dr Jun Li, University of Essex, UK and Professor Chunlin Si, Fundan University, China

China as an emerging economy is characterised by an increasing market orientation, an expanding economic foundation, and high rate of entrepreneurship in an environment in which formal institutions are evolving. North (1990) and Ahlstrom & Bruton (2006) asserted that entrepreneurial goals, behaviours, and effectiveness of actions are not only constrained by institutional and cultural forces in their environment but they also enabled, as opportunities are opened for those who can understand and make the most of the local institutional regime. In a sense, entrepreneurs are embedded in ongoing institutional structures that have an effect on their activities and act to shape their institutional environments. In China, formal and informal institutional actions have different impacts than those in the USA and Europe. Tan (1996) characterised the Chinese entrepreneurial environment in the early economic reform period as one with weak market structures, poorly specified property rights, un-codified information, unspecified regulations, and lack of institutional support. Peng (2000) depicted the uniqueness of China’s institutional environment as a combination of socialist legacy, high context culture and transition economy. Krug and Hendrischke (2002) described the Chinese institutional environment as possessing a high degree of non-tradable inputs and resources, complemented by a lack of contractual security and relational risk, ill-functioning information markets and relatively weak property rights. Paradoxically, the complexity of, and lack of stability in, institutional environments offered considerable opportunities for entrepreneurs to experiment and explore and inflicted a range of penalties upon individuals who stepped out of the line. Evidence from the literature shows that the exact nature of institutional forces in China is not yet well conceptualised (Ahlstrom & Bruton, 2006; Bruton et al, 2008).

This mini track would call for papers to explore issues such as how institutions impact transaction costs, resources, and cognitive maps of entrepreneurs.

Topics include, but are not limited to:-

• Regulatory environment, new venture creation and growth
• Institutions, cognitive maps and behaviours of entrepreneurs
• Institutional entrepreneurship and evolution of institutional structures
• Culture, networks and entrepreneurship
• Institutions, entrepreneurship and economic growth

Submission details

Abstract details: Other than product demonstrations, all submission types require a 300-500 word abstract in the first instance, to be received by 25 February 2010. Please read the guidelines at

Submission: Only accepted by online form submission at

Full paper: Only required for academic submissions once the abstract has been selected, no more than 5,000 words to be received 15 April 2010.

Papers should be submitted as .doc or .rtf file attachments by email to the Conference Manager, Elaine Hayne at [email protected]

All full papers will be double-blind reviewed by members of the conference committee to ensure an adequate standard, that the proposed subject of their abstract has been followed, that the paper is of a suitable length, the standard of English is adequate and the paper is appropriately referenced.

Important dates

Abstract submission deadline: 25 February 2010
Notification of abstract acceptance: 04 March 2010
Full paper due for review: 15 April 2010
Notification of paper acceptance (subject to any requested changes): 24 June 2010
Earlybird registration closes: 08 July 2010
Final paper due (with changes): 22 July 2010
Final author registration date: 12 August 2010

Conference Information

5th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, 16-17 September 2010