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Innovation and Entrepreneurship in HEI Sector (SI IE_HEI)

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Innovation Science

Guest Editors:
Joao J. Ferreira, University of Beira Interior, Portugal
Brett E. Trusko, Texas A&M University, USA

Subject Covered:
The enormous potential of Higher Education Institutions (HEI) graduates for innovation and economic development has long been recognized (e.g. OECD, 2009; WEF, 2009). Accompanying this recognition of the central role of innovation and entrepreneurship in today's economies has been an added focus on graduate mobility for entrepreneurial careers, entrepreneurial skills and providing for business start-up are important tasks for HEI that are only now being entirely recognised (ibid.).

Accordingly, innovation in entrepreneurship education (EE) research involves the development of an encompassing paradigm, appropriate educational methods, and study of the institutions education is to consent students to develop entrepreneurial skills, and to support them in choosing a career. Most university level programs are intended to increase entrepreneurial consciousness and to prepare aspiring entrepreneurs (Paco et al., 2015). The recent growth in the curricula and programs dedicated to entrepreneurship and new-venture creation have been outstanding (Kuratko, 2005) and according this argument, "some legitimacy has been attained in the current state of EE, there are critical challenges that lie ahead" (p.1).

In this respect, for EE to embrace the 21st century "professors must become more competent in the use of academic technology and also expand their pedagogies to include new and innovative approaches to the teaching of entrepreneurship" (Kuratko, 2005 p.591). It is an interesting perspective and certainly a possible way to think about entrepreneurship field in a different way. The entrepreneur serves as a key element in the process of innovation development and economic growth (Ferreira et al., 2015). Thus, it is crucial that graduate students (as potential entrepreneurs) acquire technical and business skills within their HEI in order to become successful entrepreneurs in future.

Entrepreneurship is an economic, social and innovative phenomenon and also an academic and teaching subject. As Peter Drucker argued: "The entrepreneurial mystique? It's not magic, it's not mysterious, and it has nothing to do with the genes. It's a discipline. And, like any discipline, it can be learned" (Drucker, 1085, p.18).

The objective of this special issue (SI) is to bring together recent developments and methodological contributions within this field, with the challenges which characterize innovation and entrepreneurship in HEI Sector. To achieve this aim, the SI invites conceptual and empirical papers, presenting cutting edge research on innovation and entrepreneurship in HEI sector.

More specifically, the special issue welcomes novel and creative ideas, such as new theoretical perspectives, emerging methodologies and new techniques from an innovative perspective and multilevel analysis, including topics such as:

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship theories
  • Innovation and entrepreneurial education
  • Managing innovation
  • Entrepreneurial strategic orientation
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship education programs
  • Innovations in Entrepreneurship Teaching
  • Innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability
  • Measuring innovation in entrepreneurial education
  • Young scientists' entrepreneurial spirit

Submissions Instructions:

Submission of the Full Paper: September 15, 2017

All manuscripts will be subject to the double-blind peer review process of International Journal of Innovation Science (IJIS). Submissions should be prepared to accordance with the IJIS Author Guidelines

After registering on ScholarOne Manuscripts on follow the instructions to submit your manuscript. please make sure you submit the paper under Special Issue on "Innovation and Entrepreneurship in HEI Sector (SI IE_HEI)", when submitting your manuscript. Prospective contributors are invited to informally discuss their proposed paper with the Guest Editors prior to submission. Other inquiries should be sent directly to Professor Joao Ferreira ([email protected]).


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