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Social Entrepreneurship in Hospitality

Guest Editors
Po-Ju Chen, University of Central Florida, USA, [email protected]
Nelson A. Barber, University of New Hampshire, USA [email protected]
Wilco Chan, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China [email protected]
Willy Legrand, International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef-Bonn, Germany  [email protected]

Special Issue Goals
Social entrepreneurship means identifying or recognizing a social problem and using entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage a social venture to achieve a desired social change. Business entrepreneurs typically measure performance in profit and return, but social entrepreneurs also take into account a positive return to society.

Social entrepreneurship has emerged as a field of considerable interest over the past two decades. However, its rapid growth has resulted in a rather fragmented body of literature that lacks a set of well-established theories by which to predict and explain social entrepreneurship and a generalizable set of empirical findings from which commonalities about it can be gleaned. In response, this special issue seeks manuscripts that build on extant research in the hospitality and tourism field and beyond in order to develop,  apply, and/or test theory with the goal of improving our understanding of social entrepreneurship phenomena in the hospitality and tourism field.

Areas of inquiry may include but are not limited to:
• Inductive or deductive approaches to developing new models, frameworks, and explanations for the hospitality and tourism field with a focus on social entrepreneurship
• Empirical studies of social entrepreneurship models
• Case studies from hospitality and tourism covering champions of social entrepreneurship
• Examination of hospitality and tourism-related corporate social responsibility strategies, practices, and influence on society
• Social environmental issues from social justice climate change, and environmental problems in hospitality and tourism
• Assessing sustainability and best eco-innovative practices hospitality and tourism organizations
• Other relevant topics.

General Information for Prospective Authors
The editors are open to receiving research that represents different methods and styles. These include but are not limited to new frameworks using multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary explanations.

We also are interested in research that is based on compelling case studies of single or multiple organizations, studies that involve multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives and research involving surveys and interviews with managers in hospitality organizations and their customers.
This call for a special issue of International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management (IJCHM) is open to anyone who has a sound, useful, practical, conceptual and innovative message of interest for managers in the hospitality, travel and tourism organizations related to social entrepreneurship.

The International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management (IJCHM) is a peer-reviewed SSCI journal. IJCHM aims to communicate the latest developments and thinking on the management of hospitality operations worldwide. A multidisciplinary journal, it publishes double- blind reviewed papers covering issues relevant to operations, marketing, finance and personnel.  For more details and manuscript guidelines, please visit the official website of the IJCHM.

Submission Procedure
Prospective authors are strongly encouraged to contact the special issue editors regarding potential topics of interest or any questions / suggestions regarding the special issue.

Submit your abstract (up to 750 words) to one of the guest editors via email by January 15 2014. Abstracts must be concise and to the point, with appropriate references.

Submit your full paper by March 15, 2014 through ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Registration and access is available at:

Author guidelines for IJCHM can be found at:

Should you have any questions regarding this special issue, please contact one of the guest editors.

Abstracts Submissions  Extended deadline: January 15 2014 (Sent to one of the guest editors)
Abstract Decisions February 15 2014
FULL Paper Submissions  May 15 2014
Revisions and Decisions November 2014
Publication   Early 2015

References/Sample Articles on Social Entrepreneurship:

Austin J, Stevenson H, and Wei-Skillern J. (2006). “Social and commercial entrepreneurship: same, different, or both?” Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice; Vol. 30 No.1, pp. 1–22.

Lin, L. (2008). “A review of entrepreneurship research published in the hospitality and tourism management journals.” Tourism Management, Vol. 29 No.5, pp. 1013 – 1022.
Mottiar, D. Z. (2009). “Social Entrepreneur as drivers of destination development: The case of Greenbox an eco-tourism destination in Ireland,” paper presented at the NeXt Conference, April 26-27, Toronto, Canada.

Rimmington, M., Williams, C., and Morrison, A. (2012). Entrepreneurship in the hospitality, tourism and leisure industries. Routledge.

Short, J. C., Moss, T. W., and Lumpkin, G. T. (2009). “Research in social entrepreneurship: past contributions and future opportunities.” Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Vol. 3 No. 2, pp. 161-194.

Sivakumar, A., and Schoormans, J. P. (2011). “Franchisee selection for social franchising success.”
Journal of Nonprofit & Public Sector Marketing, Vol. 23 No. 3, pp. 213-225.

Tracey, P., and Jarvis, O. (2007). “Toward a theory of social venture franchising.”
Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Vol. 31 No. 5, pp. 667-685.

Tucker, H. (2010). “Peasant-entrepreneurs: a longitudinal ethnography.” Annals of Tourism Research, Vol. 37 No. 4, pp. 927-946.