New technologies and entrepreneurship: exploring entrepreneurial behavior in the digital transformation era

Call for papers for: International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research

The submission portal for this special issue will open on October 1, 2020.

Guest Editors:

  • Ciro Troise, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli” (Leading G.E.)
  • Cyrine Ben-Hafaïedh, IÉSEG School of Management
  • Sergey A. Yablonsky, Graduate School of Management Saint-Petersburg State University
  • Mario Tani, University of Neaples “Federico II”

Aims and Scope
Digital transformation offers both intriguing challenges and new opportunities for these days entrepreneurs (Cohen et al, 2017; Li et al., 2018). New technologies are spreading all over the world, and new industries are rapidly changing and developing (Aydalot & Keeble, 2018). These new technologies include a wide range of new players that entered into the global arena. Among these enabling technologies there are the artificial intelligence and machine learning, the IoT and the big data, the digital platforms, the mobile applications (i.e. apps), cloud computing, blockchain, and more (as the Fintech ones, such as ICOs and crowdfunding). Their adoption and use are expected to be more and more pervasive in the next years.

The digital transformation has had consequences on several contexts, and it cannot be ignored by individuals (Andriole, 2017). New technological developments favor the creation and the diffusion of several new types of entrepreneurship (Oukil, 2011). For example, the recent advances in digital technologies have played a key role in growing a new, digital-based, entrepreneurship and for the development of related business models (Kraus et al., 2019; Nambisan, 2017). New technologies are having a disruptive impact on entrepreneurship, they change the traditional patterns, and they help to disclose new frontiers for entrepreneurs to explore in order to understand how they want to become self-employed (Broomé & Ohlsson, 2018).

A growing number of entrepreneurs leverage online social networking in order to create relations and to exchange knowledge (Scarmozzino et al., 2017). Some other studies investigated the impact of social media technologies on company performance (Ahmad et al., 2019) or the importance of the entrepreneurial teams (Ben-Hafaïedh et al., 2018; Santos et al., 2019).

Digital Platforms are among the new technologies entrepreneurs can exploit (Srinivasan & Venkatraman, 2018; Troise, 2019; Yablonsky, 2018). These new technologies have helped developing new business idea as new entrepreneurs, in fact, have focused their business models on exploiting these platforms’ characteristics.

Despite various new studies on the new technologies in several fields, as consumer behavior and innovation (Dominici, et al., 2016), there is still only a few studies specifically exploring the detail of how they are used by entrepreneurs in developing new business. In entrepreneurship studies, there are still various significant gaps on how these technologies will impact the future of entrepreneurship. There is an ongoing call for more research contributing to shed some light on various issues such as understanding the entrepreneurs “new behaviors”, with a particular focus on their motivations, the cognitive and emotional aspects, the new decision-making processes, and so on.

In this special issue we aim to explore the new entrepreneurial behaviors developed in the digital transformation era. These technologies influence entrepreneurial behaviors and have a significant impact on entrepreneurial decision-making processes. The special issue focused on the identification and analysis of the main behaviors of entrepreneurs in different fields.

Possible Topics
The Guest Editors encourage submissions of theoretical and empirical contributions investigating the impact of new technologies on entrepreneurial behaviors.

We will welcome contributions rooted in different fields, as long as the focus is on entrepreneurial behaviors and new technologies. We expect authors to provide new evidence and reveal new insights in the digital transformation era, thus contributing to the current entrepreneurship literature.

We welcome both theoretical and empirical studies, using a wide variety of methods, that advances the extant knowledge. We will welcome contributions from several disciplines as well as papers based on either quantitative or qualitative approaches.

Suitable topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Entrepreneurs intentions and behaviors in the digital transformation era;
  • The roles of new technologies in entrepreneurship;
  • New technologies and entrepreneurial decision-making process;
  • Factors (related to new technologies) influencing entrepreneurial behaviors;
  • Impact and effects of new technologies on different types of entrepreneurship;
  • Entrepreneurial firms affected by new technologies;
  • Entrepreneurial teams and new technologies;
  • Technologies 4.0 and entrepreneurship 4.0;
  • New technologies and new venture creation;
  • New venture phases and performances (e.g. birth, survivor, growth, etc.) in the digital transformation era; 
  • Influences of new technologies on spin offs and start ups;
  • Digital revolution and entrepreneurial revolution;
  • Understanding the future of technology and entrepreneurship, toward a definition of technology 5.0 and entrepreneurship 5.0;
  • Integration or convergence of new technologies in affecting entrepreneurial behaviors.

Possible research questions could be (but are not limited to):

  • How do new technologies influence entrepreneurial behaviors?
  • What is the role of new technologies in promoting entrepreneurship and the spread of new businesses?
  • What is the role of new technologies in entrepreneurial decision-making process?
  • How and to what extent new technologies influence new venture creation?
  • What is the impact of new technologies on the growth and development of entrepreneurial firms?
  • How do new technologies affect entrepreneurial teams creation?

Submissions must be original and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Papers that are suitable for publication in the special issue will be double-blind reviewed as per the IJEBR’s review process guidelines. The editors will base their final acceptance decisions on relevance for the special issue, technical quality, innovative content, and originality of research approaches and results.

Papers should be submitted via the journal’s online submission system available through the journal homepage. When submitting please choose the special issue: “New technologies and entrepreneurship” as the article type from the drop down menu. All papers must follow the guidelines outlined by the journal for submission, available on the journal's page.

For any questions interested authors can contact the guest editors:
Ciro Troise ([email protected])
Cyrine Ben-Hafaïedh ([email protected])
Sergey A. Yablonsky ([email protected])
Mario Tani ([email protected])

The guest editors will be available during the RENT 2019 conference (27-29 November, 2019 in Berlin), 7th B.S.Lab SYMPOSIUM (22-24 January, 2020 in Alicante, Spain), Sinergie-Sima (25-26 June, 2020 in Pisa, Italy) to meet with interested contributors. They are also organizing a special track at IFKAD 2020 conference (17-19 June, 2020 in Rome: related to the S.I. on IJEBR.

Submission deadline: December 31, 2020

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Aydalot, P., & Keeble, D. (2018). High technology industry and innovative environments: the European experience. Routledge.

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Broomé, P. & Ohlsson, H. (2018). Self-employment: the significance of ability, desire and opportunity. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, 24 (2), pp. 538-552.

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Santos, S., Morris, M., Caetano, A., Costa, S. & Neumeyer, X. (2019). Team entrepreneurial competence: multilevel effects on individual cognitive strategies. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, 25 (6), pp. 1259-1282.

Scarmozzino, E., Corvello, V. & Grimaldi, M. (2017). Entrepreneurial learning through onlinesocial networking in high-tech startups. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, 23 (3), pp. 406-425.

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Troise (2019). Entrepreneurship and Equity Crowdfunding: Does It Matter? International Journal of Business and Management, 14 (10), pp. 72-86.

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