Technology and Transformative Change



In recent years, the world has seen a massive increase of crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, the war in Ukraine, and ongoing humanitarian crises such as in Africa’s Sahel region. These crises present massive challenges for the global population but at the same time opportunities for entrepreneurial ventures. 

Research on entrepreneurial ecosystems shows the impact of the environment on the formation and success of entrepreneurial ventures (Spigel & Harrison, 2018). At the same time, these ventures can in turn effect their own ecosystems. This is in particular true for productive entrepreneurship, defined as “any entrepreneurial activity that contributes directly or indirectly to net output of the economy or to the capacity to produce additional output” (Baumol, 1990, p. 30). It is often proxied with high-growth firms (e.g., Stam & Bosma, 2015), which are responsible for the bulk of new job creation in developed economies, making it a crucial target for economic development policy (Brown & Mason, 2017).

Productive entrepreneurship can also include innovative start-ups and entrepreneurial employees that foster productivity in the economy (Stam, 2015). More recently, there has been a further shift from productive entrepreneurship to social entrepreneurship (Harms & Groen, 2017; Thompson et al., 2018), explicitly recognizing the wider effects of entrepreneurship beyond narrow economic terms (cf. Shepherd & Patzelt, 2020). This calls for an opening up of the concept of productive entrepreneurship, to also include social and ecological value creation that cannot always and directly be measured in monetary terms, but which is regarded to be valuable for society at large (Wurth et al., 2022).

Entrepreneurial ecosystem research gives priority to the role of the entrepreneur as an organizational, innovation, and community leader. Thereby, entrepreneurial ecosystems focus on the agency of entrepreneurial actors to create and transform their own contexts (Wurth et al., 2022). In this call for papers, we are particularly interested in the role of entrepreneurial marketing in driving these changes. In fact, change-driving is considered one of the three dimensions of entrepreneurial marketing (Eggers et al., 2020). So, what is the role of entrepreneurial marketing in responding to disruptive changes in entrepreneurial ecosystems? We welcome papers that analyze entrepreneurial marketing in its different applications, may it be productive, social or sustainable entrepreneurship and show how entrepreneurs and their ventures can cause change in their entrepreneurial ecosystems and beyond.

List of topic areas:

  • Entrepreneurial Marketing,
  • Entrepreneurial Ecosystems,
  • Social and Sustainable Entrepreneurship,
  • Crisis response

Guest Editors:

Rouven Seifert, University of Hamburg, Germany, [email protected]

Todd Morgan,  Cleveland State University, USA,  [email protected]

Fabian Eggers,  Menlo College, USA, [email protected] 

Submissions Information:

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Submitted articles must not have been previously published, nor should they be under consideration for publication anywhere else, while under review for this journal.

Key deadlines:

Opening date: 01/09/2023
Closing date: 05/01/2024    

Email for submission information: [email protected]