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Entrepreneurial Practitioner Learning: Special Issue Paper Call 2014

Conference call for papers from Journal of Workplace Learning

Entrepreneurial Practitioner Learning: Special Issue Paper Call 2014
in collaboration with the ISBE 2014 Entrepreneurial Practitioner Learning track
The focus of the special issue is on understanding and seeking insights to the experiences of the practitioner within the context of entrepreneurship and small to medium sized enterprise, (SME). The development of entrepreneurial people can be considered as one of the key central driving forces for the growth of economies and job creation, (BIS, 2010; BERR 2008; European Commission, 2006, 2008). In recent years learninghas become one of the most important topics within the entrepreneurial and small firm community. The dynamic nature of the business environment in which the entrepreneur and small firm practice requires one to continuously seek innovative ways to exploit business opportunity and growth, (BERR, 2008; Davies et al., 2002).Understanding how and what entrepreneurs learn are pertinent issues in how we begin to make sense not only of what entrepreneurs do but the specific processes of learning that occur in this context, (Higgins and Elliott, 2011). The focus on learning brings with it questions surrounding the nature of learning, how learning is conceptualised and debated in relation to issues which influence how, when and why learning takes place. The special issues seeks to advance both practical and theoretical knowledge, reflecting on the interface between practice and theory, surrounding entrepreneurial learning and behaviour, drawing focus towards the social dimensions of learning, critical experiences, and enacted practice. As a means of cultivate innovating ways of thinking and new modes of conceptualising, to enhance and develop approaches to learning. The call for papers seeks to inspire participants to think critically and reflexively about entrepreneurial learning as a means of aiding and developing collective awareness of what is informative to the advancement of the field. 
This call for papers seeks high-quality papers, both conceptual and empirically-based (regional, national or international context), that will contribute significantly to our knowledge and understanding of entrepreneurial business practice and its potential to have a significant impact on economic development. It seeks to present current research, drawn from different contexts including, international contexts, which explores key issues surrounding the development and support of such firms and which can help to move forward policy debates and offer lessons for the practitioner community. The special issue/call for papers strives to explore the experience of entrepreneurial learning in different contexts. For example, possible topics include, but are not limited to:
1.       Individual and collective learning
2.       Entrepreneurial networking and networks - learning and entrepreneurial clusters or communities
3.       Entrepreneurial or SME unlearn
4.       Learning though/from experience (successes and failures)
5.       Entrepreneurial decision-making process
6.       Research methodologies
7.       Entrepreneurial/SME development and training
8.       Enhancing and stimulating learning experiences
9.       Reflection, critical thinking and reflexivity as a means of exploring entrepreneurial learning
10.   Developing entrepreneurial skills, dynamic capability and absorptive capacity
11.   Context and internal / external environments
12.   Entrepreneurial leadership learning
Manuscripts should be submitted first to ISBE 2014 conference web site.  Authors who present their papers at the ISBE conference 2014 will be invited to submit their manuscripts to JWL. However, acceptance at the conference does not guarantee that the manuscripts will be accepted for publication in the journal. All invited manuscripts submitted to JWL will be blind reviewed by two subject matter experts.
Please note that, post conference, submissions should be made through ScholarOne Manuscripts ( ). Papers to be considered for this special issue should be submitted online via: (selecting "Special Issue Paper" (ISBE 2014 issue) as the Manuscript Type). Questions about submissions should be addressed to the guest editor David Higgins Email Address:  [email protected], or to the Publisher, Zoe Sanders [email protected]
Please note that the Managing Editor of the journal won’t set the special issue up on ScholarOne until end October 2014, so it won’t be possible for authors to submit to the journal before the conference has taken place.
BERR (2008). Enterprise: Unlocking the UK’s Talent. Accessed July 2011.
BIS (2010). Strategy for Sustainable Growth.…. Accessed July 2011.
European Commission (2008). Entrepreneurship in Higher Education, Especially in Non-Business Studies: Report of the Expert Group.…. Accessed Nov 2013.
Davis J., Hides M., and Powell J. (2002). Defining the development needs of entrepreneurs in SMEs. Education + Training Vol 44, No 8/9, pp 406-412.
Higgins, D. and Elliott C, (2011) "Learning to make sense: what works in entrepreneurial education?", Journal of European Industrial Training, Vol. 35 Iss: 4, pp.345 – 367