Call for papers: Entrepreneurship in Europe
A special issue of the European Journal of International Management (EJIM)
Paper Submission Deadline: 15 November 2007
According to the Entrepreneurship Action Plan adopted by the European Union in 2004, entrepreneurship is a major driver of innovation, competitiveness and growth. Entrepreneurship and small businesses are, particularly for the European economy, a key source of jobs, business dynamism and innovation.
Today, Europe’s competitive performance is lagging behind. To achieve objectives of meaningful development, "the EU needs more growth, more new firms, more entrepreneurs willing to embark in innovative ventures, more high-growth SMEs".
Apart from the lack of Entrepreneurial mindsets in Europe, there are other reasons hindering the full exploitation of the EU's entrepreneurial potential. Starting from the strong stigma attached to business failure, the complexities and obstacles to getting started and also the difficulties in accessing finance or the high over-proportional burden on small businesses of many bureaucratic procedures in day-to-day business are also key issues.
The implementation of the Entrepreneurship Action Plan resulted in a number of initiatives, including promoting the role of mini-companies in secondary schools, gathering expertise on ways of preventing bankruptcy, proposing tax policies that are friendly to ownership transfers of family businesses, finding ways to facilitate access to capital by women entrepreneurs, and others.
The main objective of EJIM is to establish an outlet for scholars interested in a variety of topics in international management in Europe. Thus, papers submitted for the special issue should address the international implications of entrepreneurship in Europe.
For more information, please see the Journal Call for Papers website.