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Special Issue "Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship in Social, Sustainable, and Economic Development"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 January 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Sebastian Aparicio

Durham University Business School, Durham University, UK
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Interests: Entrepreneurship; Economic growth; Institutional economics; Sustainable development
Guest Editor
Dr. Andreu Turro

Department of Business, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
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Interests: Intrapreneurship, Institutional economics, Innovation, Firm growth
Guest Editor
Dr. Maria Noguera

School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
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Interests: Gender, Female entrepreneurship, Institutional economics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Entrepreneurship is a research area that has grown rapidly over the last 30 years. Scholars from different disciplines have contributed to understanding psychological, sociological, anthropological, managerial and economic aspects of entrepreneurial activity (Landström, Harirchi, and Åström, 2012). Among these contributions, academia has recognised the importance of institutions not only for entrepreneurship but also for economic development (Bjørnskov and Foss, 2016). Yet, there is still much room to keep exploring how other sorts of entrepreneurial activities can enhance economic, social and sustainable development from an institutional perspective (Urbano, Aparicio, and Audretsch, 2019).

Although entrepreneurship is diverse in terms of its types and nature, particular gaps might exist from sociodemographic characteristics, corporate dynamics, regional and national outputs and environmental issues (Audretsch, Kuratko, and Link, 2015). For example, finer connections between women’s entrepreneurship (Noguera, Alvarez, and Urbano, 2013), intrapreneurship (Turró, Urbano, and Peris-Ortiz, 2014) and sustainable entrepreneurship (Pacheco, Dean, and Payne, 2010), among other (less explored) types of entrepreneurial activities and development, might serve to improve our understanding of entrepreneurial behavior. 

There is also a lacuna about the role of the institutional context (North, 1990) in shaping individual decisions not only for becoming entrepreneurs (Yunis, Hashim, and Anderson, 2019) but also for undertaking innovative projects within firms (Turró et al., 2014). Hence, it is suggested that institutions may condition the identification of entrepreneurial opportunities that offer solutions for social and sustainable problems at the regional and country level (Pacheco et al., 2010).

Given these research opportunities, the aims and scope of this particular Special Issue are very broad. Specific topics, therefore, may include but are not limited to explorations about the influence of (formal and informal) institutions on gender issues, corporate entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, as well as on green entrepreneurial activity for sustainable development. To achieve this aim, this Special Issue invites scholars within all the main economics, management and sustainability subdisciplines, among others areas, to submit conceptual and/or empirical papers which present cutting-edge research on entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship for sustainable development at the regional and national level. Papers which examine trends and initiatives, employ original methodologies and offer interesting empirical insights and theoretical contributions to this issue are very welcome.

Many thanks in advance for considering this Special Issue and we look forward to hearing from you.


Audretsch, D. B., Kuratko, D. F., & Link, A. N. (2015). Making sense of the elusive paradigm of entrepreneurship. Small Business Economics, 45(4), 703-712.

Bjørnskov, C., & Foss, N. J. (2016). Institutions, entrepreneurship, and economic growth: what do we know and what do we still need to know? Academy of Management Perspectives, 30(3), 292-315.

Landström, H., Harirchi, G., & Åström, F. (2012). Entrepreneurship: Exploring the knowledge base. Research Policy, 41(7), 1154-1181.

Noguera, M., Alvarez, C., & Urbano, D. (2013). Socio-cultural factors and female entrepreneurship. International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 9(2), 183-197.

North, D. C. (1990). Institutions, institutional change and economic performance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Pacheco, D. F., Dean, T. J., & Payne, D. S. (2010). Escaping the green prison: Entrepreneurship and the creation of opportunities for sustainable development. Journal of Business Venturing, 25(5), 464-480.

Turró, A., Urbano, D., & Peris-Ortiz, M. (2014). Culture and innovation: The moderating effect of cultural values on corporate entrepreneurship. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 88, 360-369.

Urbano, D., Aparicio, S., & Audretsch, D. (2019). Twenty-five years of research on institutions, entrepreneurship, and economic growth: what has been learned? Small Business Economics, 53(1), 21-49.

Yunis, M., Hashim, H., & Anderson, A. (2019). Enablers and Constraints of Female Entrepreneurship in Khyber Pukhtunkhawa, Pakistan: Institutional and Feminist Perspectives. Sustainability, 11(1), 27.

Dr. Sebastian Aparicio
Dr. Andreu Turro
Dr. Maria Noguera
Guest Editors

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  • entrepreneurial activity
  • intrapreneurship
  • gender
  • institutions
  • sustainable entrepreneurship
  • national growth
  • regional development

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