Self-employment is viewed as a rudimentary form of entrepreneurship (Blanchflower and Oswald, 1998). While entrepreneurship as a whole is primarily focused on the acquisition and expansion of capital (Kao, 1993; Carland, Carland, and Hoy, 2002), self-employment is many times seen as an alternative work arrangement from being an employee of an organisation (Prottas and Thompson, 2006).
Despite the fact that self-employment is also the predominant form of entrepreneurship (Blanchflower, 2000), little research exists on self-employment. The purpose of this special issue is to critically explore both the micro level and macro level implications of self-employment as relates to both individuals and society as a whole.
Blanchflower, D. G. (2000). Self-Employment in OECD Countries. Labour Economics, 7, 471-505.
Blanchflower, D. G, and Oswald, A. (1998). What Makes an Entrepreneur?. Journal of Labor Economics, 16(1), 26-60.
Carland, H., Carland, J. W., and Hoy, F. (2002). Who is an entrepreneur? Is a question worth asking. Entrepreneurship: Critical Perspectives on Business and Management, 2, 178.
Kao, R. W. Y. (1993). Defining Entrepreneurship: Past, Present and ?. Creativity and Innovation Management, 2(1,), 69–70.
Prottas, D. J., and Thompson, C. A. (2006). Stress, satisfaction, and the work-family interface: A comparison of self-employed business owners, independents, and organizational employees. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 11(4), 366.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Impact on wealth creation and wealth distribution
- Economic conditions of self-employed workers
- Job and life satisfaction of self-employed workers
- Entry into self-employment
- Career stages of self-employed workers
- Cultural impact on self-employment
- Misconceptions of self-employment
Submission of manuscripts: 31 December, 2014
Notification to authors: 31 March, 2015
Final versions due: 30 June, 2015