View Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development Issues Call – “Under-Researched Domains in Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Education”

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) urged its membership on December 22 to “help expand the research on community college entrepreneurship research and practice by submitting your community college entrepreneurship paper to the Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development.” 

Under-Researched Domains in Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Education -- Primary School, Community Colleges, and Vocational Education and Training Programs: Special Issue Call from Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development

Background and Motivation:
This year we celebrate the 70th year of formal entrepreneurship education (EE) programs. What began as one class at Harvard University in 1947 has grown to over 5,000 courses offered annually at more than 3,000 institutions (Kuratko, 2005; Morris and Liguori, 2016). The rapid growth of entrepreneurship education programs comes as no surprise given entrepreneurial activity is a known driver of not just economic growth (Baumol and Strom, 2007) but also increased standards of living (Luke et al., 2007), improved quality of life (Zahra et al,, 2008), and reduced natural resource dependency (Sine and Lee, 2009).

Scholars have investigated entrepreneurship education across a wide variety of populations, including children (Athayde, 2009; Dwerryhouse, 2001), graduate students (Nabi et al., 2006), and veterans (Collins et al., 2014), as well as studied entrepreneurship education across a wide array of geographies (cf., Ibrahim and Soufani, 2002; Jesselyn Co and Mitchell, 2006; Hytti and O’Gorman, 2004; Mitra and Matlay, 2004; Matlay and Carey, 2007). The aforementioned variety noted, the dominant body of entrepreneurship education research has revolved and/or contextualized around entrepreneurship education at the 4-year university level (Kuratko, 2005; Solomon et al., 2002; Vanevenhoven and Liguori, 2013) forcing a narrow contexts to dominate the global conversation about entrepreneurship education and limiting the generalizability of the findings.

This narrow focus on entrepreneurship education has led to several populations being neglected. One such population are 2-year community colleges (CC), a major component of the American education system, representing 1,123 campuses across the nation (National Center for Education Statistics, 2015) and serving over 7 million for-credit students annually. Put into context, CCs educate over 1/3 of the postsecondary student market in the U.S. Vocational Education and Training Programs (VET), which educate a similarly large percentage of the global population, fall into this same research void. Primary schools have experienced unprecedented growth in entrepreneurship courses in recent years, but likewise receive little to no attention in the literature. Given the impact of entrepreneurial activity on both economic and noneconomic outcomes, the potential impact CC, VET, and primary schools have through providing broader access to quality entrepreneurship education may offer economists and policy makers much promise. New entrepreneurship courses are appearing every semester on campuses and in communities to fill demand. Despite the increase in both demand and subsequent supply, research into these offerings and their effectiveness has lagged.

Thus, this special issue welcomes research into CC, VET, or other under researched entrepreneurship education spaces (primary schools, corporate training departments, community programs, for-profit accelerators, etc.).

Indicative list of anticipated themes:

Papers should present novel and original research outputs that have not been published or are concurrently being considered for publication elsewhere. Potential research areas include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

•    Entrepreneurship education models and definitions in under-researched domains
•    CC, VET, and Primary School entrepreneurial ecosystems
•    The role of CC, VET, and Primary Schools in entrepreneurship education
•    Credentialing faculty in non-academic contexts
•    Similarities and differences between CC, VET, Primary, and 4-year university approaches to entrepreneurship education and pedagogy
•    Pedagogical foundations and applications of CC / VET / Primary entrepreneurship education
•    CC / VET / Primary entrepreneurship education impact on workforce development
•    Work that explores other under-researched domains in entrepreneurship education (primary schools, corporate training departments, community programs, for-profit accelerators)

Key Deadlines:

Submission Deadline:                                       March 1, 2018
Notification of Reviewer Feedback:                   May 15, 2018
Revised Manuscripts Due:                                 August 15,  2018
Final Decisions Made:                                       September 30,  2018
Special Issue Publication                                   Quarter 1 of 2019

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