Special Issue "International Entrepreneurship: New Perspectives in International Business Research"

A special issue of Businesses (ISSN 2673-7116).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Krzysztof Wach
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Department of International Trade, Cracow University of Economics, Rakowicka 27, 31-510 Krakow, Poland
Interests: international entrepreneurship; international business; international marketing; global strategies; entrepreneurship and innovation; family firms; entrepreneurship education; EU studies
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Dear Colleagues,

The concept of 'international entrepreneurship' (IE) was used for the first time in the doctoral dissertation of Tomas Otto Kohn in 1988 at Harvard. It was most probably published for the first time in the work of J.F. Morrow in the same year. A year later, this notion appeared in scientific publications by various authors, including P.P. McDougall, who, together with B.M. Oviatt, developed this theory in the following years. It can therefore be assumed that international entrepreneurship as an area of research is only 25–30 years old, although its intensive development only occurred in the first decade of the 21st century; that is, de facto, a few years ago. IE has been developing very rapidly; however, it must be admitted that, apart from some elements of this school, it remains quite a promising field of research.

*High quality papers published in this Special Issue will be exempted with APC*

This Special Issue seeks papers that discuss and analyse:

  • international entrepreneurship as a new field of research;
  • international entrepreneurship vs. international business;
  • international entrepreneurship school vs. theory of internationalisation of firms;
  • traditional vs. rapid internationalisation of firms;
  • role of the entrepreneur in the process of internationalisation of firms;
  • internationalisation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs vs. LEs (Large Enterprises));
  • internationalisation of family businesses;
  • recognising and exploring international business opportunities;
  • entry modes and internationalisation patterns of firms;
  • international strategies of Central European small businesses (SMEs vs. LEs);
  • international competitiveness of Central European small businesses (SMEs vs. LEs);
  • internationalisation of Central European small businesses (SMEs vs. LEs); and
  • international entrepreneurship vs. international management and international marketing.

So, let us focus on the past, present, and future of International Entrepreneurship in this Special Issue.

Selected literature:

Coviello, N.E.; Jones, M.V. Methodological issues in international entrepreneurship research. J. Bus. Ventur. 2004, 19, 485–508.

Głodowska, A. Comparative International Entrepreneurship: Theoretical Framework and Research Development. Entrep. Bus. Econ. Rev. 2019, 7(2). https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.15678/EBER.2019.070213

Głodowska, A., Maciejewski, M., & Wach, K. How Entrepreneurial Orientation Stimulates Different Types of Knowledge in the Internationalisation Process of Firms from Poland?. Entrep. Bus. Econ. Rev. 2019, 7(1). https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.15678/EBER.2019.070104

Jones, M.V.; Coviello, N.; Tang, Y. International entrepreneurship research (1989–2009): A domain ontology and thematic analysis. J. Bus. Ventur. 2011, 26, 632–659.

Keupp, M.M.; Gassmann, O. The past and the future of international entrepreneurship: A review and suggestions for developing the field. J. Manag. 2009, 35, 600–633.

McDougall, P.P. International versus domestic entrepreneurship: New venture strategic behavior and industry structure. J. Bus. Ventur. 1989, 4, 387–400.

McDougall, P.P.; Oviatt, B.M. International Entrepreneurship: The Intersection of Two Research Paths. Acad. Manag. J. 2000, 43, 902–906.

Morrow, J.F. International entrepreneurship: A new growth opportunity. New Manag. 1988, 3, 59–61.

Oviatt, B.M.; McDougall, P.P. Defining international entrepreneurship and modeling the Speed of Internationalization. Entrep. Theory Pr. 2005, 29, 537–553.

Perényi, Á.; Losoncz, M. A Systematic Review of International Entrepreneurship Special Issue Articles. Sustainability 2018, 10, 3476.

Wach, K. Entrepreneurial Orientation and Business Internationalisation Process: The Theoretical Foundations of International Entrepreneurship. Entrep. Bus. Econ. Rev. 2015, 3, 9–24.

Wach, K.; Głodowska, A.; Maciejewski, M. Entrepreneurial Orientation, Knowledge Utilization and Internationalization of Firms. Sustainability 2018, 10, 4711.

Zahra, S.A.; George, G. International entrepreneurship: The current status of the field and future agenda. In Strategic Entrepreneurship: Creating a New Mindset; Hitt, M.A., Ireland, R.D., Camp, S.M., Sexton, D.L., Eds.; Blackwell: Oxford, UK, 2002; pp. 255–288. ISBN 9780631234104.

Prof. Dr. Krzysztof Wach
Guest Editor

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  • international entrepreneurship
  • entrepreneurial internationalisation
  • international business
  • new international ventures
  • born globals
  • international entrepreneurial orientation
  • international opportunities
  • entrepreneurship of immigrants
  • comparative studies of entrepreneurship
  • internationalisation of R&D

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