Entrepreneurship in Latin American Countries: Evidence from GEM and GUESSS Project

Call for papers for: Academia Revista Latinoamericana de Administración

Entrepreneurship in Latin America Countries: Evidence from GEM and GUESSS Project
Special issue planned for publication in 2021

Guest Editors:

Gianni Romaní, Entrepreneurship and SME Center, Universidad Católica del Norte, Chile
Rodrigo Varela, Universidad ICESI, Colombia
Claudia Álvarez and Izaías Martins, Universidad EAFIT, Colombia

Purpose of the special issue

Until now research on entrepreneurship has been mainly focused on developed countries (Palmer et al., 2019; Guerrero, Urbano and Fayolle, 2016) or across countries (Laskovaia, Shirokova and Morris, 2017; Criaco et al., 2017; Sieger et al., 2016; Estrin, Mickiewick and Stephan, 2013), while little is known about the experience of Latin American countries (Amorós, Poblete and Mandakovic, 2019, Bartesaghi et al., 2016, López and Alvarez, 2018, Martins, et al., 2018, Romaní and Atienza, 2016). How is the internationalization of new ventures in these countries? How developed are their entrepreneurial ecosystems? Are there enough sources of finding to support the birth and growth of new ventures? What about women entrepreneurship in these countries? How does the university context influence the entrepreneurial intention of the students in these countries? What are the determinants of the entrepreneurial intentions of the university students? What is known about the family succession of university students? These and others are the type of questions this especial issue is interested in with particular attention to entrepreneurial activity and entrepreneurial intention of the university students. 

This special issue will explore questions related to entrepreneurship in Latin American countries from Global Entrepreneurship Monitor - GEM and Global University Entrepreneurial Spirit´s Student Survey – GUESSS Projects.

Both projects represent the largest entrepreneurship research projects in the world. The first one is a consortium of national country teams that carries out survey-based research on entrepreneurship around the world and data are collected directly from individual entrepreneurs. GEM´s Adult Population Survey provide data on the characteristics, motivations and ambitions of the individuals starting businesses, as well as social attitudes toward entrepreneurship. The National Expert Survey (NES) looks at the national context in which individuals star businesses (more information is available on: www.gemconsortium.org). The main research focus of the second one is university student´s entrepreneurial intentions and activities, including the family firm succession. GUESSS collects data in more than 50 countries every two years. Data let cross-country comparison and within-country analysis. Extended information about GUESSS Project is available on: www.gessssurvey.org.

Research topics

We invite to submit empirical papers that can provide insights into the entrepreneurship topics in Latin American countries using GEM or GUESSS data base. Studies with rigorous theoretical support are also welcome. We encourage qualitative, quantitative or mixed approaches. Possible topics for papers include, but are not limited to:

  •     Gender issues related to entrepreneurship
  •     Challenges for high growth entrepreneurship and innovation in Latin America countries
  •     Start-ups versus firm sustainability in Latin America
  •     Necessity versus opportunity entrepreneurship in Latin America countries
  •     Entrepreneurial discontinuance in Latin America countries.
  •     Internationalization of the start-ups in Latin America countries
  •     Sources of funding for entrepreneurs in Latin America 
  •     Entrepreneurial Ecosystem across Latin America
  •     Gender and entrepreneurial intention of the university students in Latin America
  •     Factors that limit and promote the entrepreneurial intention of the university students in Latin America countries
  •     Student´s entrepreneurial activities across Latin America
  •     The influence of role model for nascent university student’s entrepreneurs
  •     University students and family firm succession
  •     Growth and performance of the university student´s new ventures
  •     Entrepreneurial education at the Latin America universities.


Call opens             1st February 2020
Call ends             30th July 2020
First Revision             September 2020
Final date of acceptance     31st May 2021
Publication date        August 2021


Please submit your manuscript to Academia Revista Latinoamericana de Administración - ARLA according to the following steps:
1.    The article should fulfill with the author guidelines of ARLA (https://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=arla). Don’t forget the structured abstract should be bilingual (English and Spanish or Portuguese).
2.    Indicate within the anonymous article, in the keywords, that your paper is for a Special Issue “Entrepreneurship in Latin American Countries: Evidence from GEM and GUESSS Projects”.
3.    Upload the anonymous article to ScholarOne of ARLA (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/arla ) following all steps. In the Step 6, please response all questions in specific "Please select the issue you are submitting to" in this question please choose the option in relation to “Entrepreneurship in Latin America: Evidence from GEM and GUESSS Project”.
4.    You will receive emails and information of editors during the editorial process.
We accept articles in Spanish, Portuguese and English. When the article is accepted it will be published in English and in the original language of the submission. 

Following these steps, your anonymous article enters the review process in the Journal of CLADEA (Academia Revista Latinoamericana de Administración - ARLA) http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/arla.htm . ARLA is an ISI ranked journal since 2008 (Clarivate, JCR). Any additional question, please contact to Editorial Assistant of ARLA, Ana Maria Molano Torres [email protected]


Amorós, J. E., Poblete, C. & Mandakovic, V. (2019). R&D Transfer, policy and innovative ambitious entrepreneurship: evidence from Latin America countries. The journal of Technology Transfer. DOI:10.1007/s10961-019-09728-x

Bartesaghi, A., Greco, S., Lasio, M.V., Varela, R., Veiga, L., Kew, P. & Herrington, M. (2016). GEM Latin America and Caribbean Regional Report 2015/2016. Global Entrepreneurship Research Association, London, UK.

Criaco G., Sieger P., Wennberg K., Chirico F., Minola T. (2017). Parents’ performance in entrepreneurship as a «double-edged sword» for the intergenerational transmission of entrepreneurship. Small Business Economics, 49 (4): 841- 864.

Estrin, S., Mickiewicz, T., & Stephan, U. (2013b). Entrepreneurship, social capital, and
institutions: Social and commercial entrepreneurship across nations. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 37(3), 479–504.

Guerrero, M., Urbano, D., & Fayolle, A. (2016). Entrepreneurial activity and regional competitiveness: evidence from European entrepreneurial universities. The Journal of Technology Transfer, 41(1), 105-131.

Laskovaia A., Shirokova G., Morris M. (2017). National culture, effectuation, and new venture performance: global evidence from student entrepreneurs. Small Business Economics, 49, 687 – 709.

López. T. & Alvarez, C. (2018). Entrepreneurship research in Latinoamerica: a literature review. Academia Revista Latinoamericana de Administración, 31(4), 736 – 756.

Martins, I., Monsalve, J.P.P. & Martinez, A. V. (2018). Self-confidence and fear of failure among university students and their relationship with entrepreneurial orientation: Evidence from Colombia. Academia Revista Latinoamericana de Administración, 31 (3), 471-485.

Palmer, C., Fasbender, U., Kraus, S., Birker, S. & Kailer, N. (2019).  A chip off the old block? The role of dominance and parental entrepreneurship for entrepreneurial intention. Review of Managerial Science. DOI:10.1007/s11846-019-00342-7

Romaní, G. y Atienza, M. (2016). Business Angels in developing economies: the experience of Latin America In H. Landstrom and C. Mason (eds). Handbook of Research on Business Angels, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc., 282-323.

Sieger P., Gruber M., Fauchart E., Zellweger T. (2016). Measuring the Social Identity of Entrepreneurs: Scale Development and International Validation. Journal of Business Venturing, 31(5), 542-572.