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Special Issue Call for Papers - Supporting New Venture Creation in the 21st Century: developing a research agenda

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development

Guest Editors

Professor Colette Henry & Ms Lorna Treanor
Centre for Veterinary & Bio-veterinary Enterprise, Royal Veterinary College, University of London

New venture creation is, undisputedly, critical to the growth and sustainability of every modern economy. It is not surprising, therefore, that considerable attention is paid, by academics and policy makers alike, to how best to support new venture creation across a range of sectors, communities and countries. However, the impact of the global recession and the resulting cuts in government expenditure have meant that the huge costs associated with supporting new business start-ups have come under renewed scrutiny, re-opening debates around intervention effectiveness, added-value and sustainability. Indeed, it may be that innovative more cost effective mechanisms for supporting new venture creation are now required, suggesting that this particular research agenda is in need of new directions.

This special issue seeks to compile a collection of papers that can contribute to the development of an exciting new research agenda geared towards innovative ways of effectively supporting new venture creation in a 21st century global economy.  Topics appropriate to this special issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The role and effectiveness of entrepreneurship education and training interventions
  • Supporting graduate entrepreneurship in the future
  • Entrepreneurship policy and the role of government – in developed, emerging and transition economies
  • Incubation - the role of the university, TTOs and spin-offs
  • Supporting the creation of high-tech, high-growth firms
  • Innovative approaches to supporting new venture creation in underexplored contexts or sectors, such as the Health and Life Sciences, including veterinary medicine and bio-sciences
  • Innovative approaches to supporting new venture creation within atypical groups of entrepreneurs such as young people, unemployed, women etc.
  • Creating sustainable new ventures through entrepreneurship education and training
  • Supporting new venture creation in minority groups: ethnic, family, women-led businesses
  • Financing new venture start-ups – venture capital, angel investment.

The guest editors welcome research papers that offer valuable new insights or present new approaches to any of the above or related topics. Papers that are either conceptually or empirically-based, employ a range of methodological approaches and offer an international dimension with valuable cross country/cross sectoral comparisons are also encouraged. Case studies that platform any of the above topics may also be submitted.

Expressions of interest in the form of a one page abstract should be sent to the guest editors by 30 April 2011 ([email protected] or [email protected]). Authors who are invited to submit their full papers will be required to format their manuscript according to the journal guidelines (see journal’s website for details: and send to the guest editors by 15 October 2011. All papers will be subject to double blind review. Papers selected for publication are expected to be published in one of the late 2012/early 2013 issues of JSBED.

Contact Details

Professor Colette Henry (Norbrook Professor of Business & Enterprise)
& Ms Lorna Treanor (Researcher)
Centre for Veterinary & Bio-veterinary Enterprise
Royal Veterinary College
University of London

[email protected]
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