Entrepreneurship and enterprise development take on different forms of development and are affected by distinctive regional, cultural and political landscapes. This special issue aims to highlight our understanding of entrepreneurial processes in developing economies, focusing on Eastern European countries and China, as well as other post-socialist economies.
Attempts to "westernise" post-socialist economies of Eastern Europe resulted in little or no progress. Likewise, attempts to develop a strong entrepreneurial spirit in China met with modest success.
A shortage of resources, many of which are taken for granted in Western societies, is identified as a reason why some "Western-style" approaches did not work. Richardian, functional-regulatory and tacit culturally based resources are credited with building national entrepreneurial activity and developing a unique national competency.
Understanding resource infrastructures, cultural practices and norms and their relationship to entrepreneurial growth provides promise towards assisting the development of underdeveloped regions of the world as well as less developed regions of industrialised countries.
This special issue aims to help develop knowledge that will be useful to policymakers and entrepreneurs alike towards the monumental task of rebuilding these new democracies. Papers may be purely theoretical works or methodological or theory-driven empirical works, either quantitative or qualitative. Papers will be judged on significance, originality, relevance and clarity.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Dominant resource requirements of new ventures in post-socialist societies
- Composition of entrepreneurial activity
- Social capital and its role in new venture formation in post-socialist societies
- Comparative analysis of entrepreneurship in post-socialist societies and their counterparts in "Western" societies
- Role of intellectual capital in new venture development in post-socialist societies
- Social networking requirements in new venture formation in post-socialist societies
- Intellectual capital protection in post-socialist societies
- Risks and benefits of investing in ventures located in post-socialist societies
Submission of manuscripts: 30 November, 2014
Notification to authors: 28 February, 2015
Final versions due: 15 April, 2015