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Measuring entrepreneurship – a collection of valid scales

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research

Guest Editor: Professor Andreas Kuckertz

Part of the success of entrepreneurship research is its widespread use of empirical approaches to illustrate and understand entrepreneurial phenomena. In this regard, our understanding of statistical methods and applied rigor has increased every year. An important part of rigorous empirical research is quite often the use of valid and reliable measurement instruments that are grounded in a reasonable theoretical base. However, employed measurement instruments are far too often conceptualized on an ad-hoc basis and lack solid theoretical grounding hereby inhibiting further theory building and replication. The academic discussion of entrepreneurial phenomena thus misses to tap its full potential. There is consequently a need to develop more reliable and valid scales that can serve the community of entrepreneurship scholars to achieve the goal of producing rigorous and relevant research.

This special issue of the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research provides a forum for studies that address this particular gap and develop theoretically grounded, multi-item measurement scales intended to operationalize important entrepreneurial concepts. We particularly welcome submissions that help to advance key areas in entrepreneurship research with valid scales such as the following:

• Corporate and strategic entrepreneurship
• Family firms and entrepreneurship
• Finance and entrepreneurship
• Geography and entrepreneurship
• Innovation and entrepreneurship
• International entrepreneurship
• Marketing and entrepreneurship
• Opportunities and entrepreneurship
• Psychology and entrepreneurship
• Social and sustainable entrepreneurship
• Technology entrepreneurship

Model papers to consider

Lumpkin, G.T., Cogliser, C.C., Schneider, D.R., 2009. Understanding and measuring autonomy: An entrepreneurial orientation perspective, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice 33, 47-69.

Tang, J., Kacmar, K.M., Busenitz, L., 2012. Entrepreneurial alertness in the pursuit of new opportunities, Journal of Business Venturing 27, 77–94.

Background literature

Crook, T.R., Shook, C.L., Morris, M.L., Madden, T.M., 2010a. Are we there yet? An assessment of research design and construct measurement practices in entrepreneurship research. Organizational Research Methods 13 (1), 192–206.

Crook, T.R., Shook, C.L., Madden, T.M., Morris, M.L., 2010b. A review of current construct measurement in entrepreneurship. International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal 6 (4), 387–398.

Slavec, A., Drnovsek, M., 2012. A perspective on scale development in entrepreneurship research. Economic and Business Review 14 (1), 39–62.

About the Journal:


The International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research (IJEBR) has a unique focus on publishing original research related to the human and social dynamics of entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurial management in small and growing organizations. The Journal has an international perspective on entrepreneurship and publishes conceptual papers and empirical studies which bring together issues of interest to academic researchers and educators, policy-makers and practitioners worldwide. The editorial team encourages high-quality submissions which advance the study of human and behavioural dimensions of entrepreneurship and smaller organizations in the context of entrepreneurial learning.

Submission Guidelines

The deadline for submissions is 30 November 2015. Papers should be submitted via the journal’s online submission system available through the journal homepage: or directly via: choosing ‘‘Measuring entrepreneurship’’ as the article type from the drop down menu. All papers must follow the guidelines outlined by the journal for submission. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in immediate rejection. (

Initial enquires and expressions of interest can be sent to:

Professor Andreas Kuckertz, Institute for Marketing and Management
University of Hohenheim
Email: [email protected]