Call for Papers – Special issue of Entrepreneurship and Regional Development

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 Full Papers Due: July 31st, 2016 

With Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, we have agreed the publication of a Special Issue that aims to further explore the contextual embeddedness of women’s entrepreneurship and to co-create useful knowledge and expertise that can feed joint learning, innovative practices and evidence-based policy-making for successful women’s entrepreneurship promotion and gender-just inclusive growth around the globe (Please see the attached Call for more details).

Specific topics that would be of interest to the special issue editors include, but not exclusively so, the following:

 • Why does the gender gap in entrepreneurship persist?

• Examples of initiatives, policies and resources successful in closing the gender gap in entrepreneurship;

• Institutional theory and women entrepreneurship;

• Regulatory institutional embeddedness: legal barriers and procedures; lack of government support in terms of policy, laws and services; inheritance, property and marriage laws; access to capital;

• Normative institutional embeddedness; gender role attitudes; women empowerment and gender equality;

• Gender-based barriers in the context in which women entrepreneurship is embedded;

• Cultural and religious embededness; normative constraints and societal views on women entrepreneurship based on cultural and religious beliefs;

• Work–family interface;

• Association of entrepreneurship with traditional male stereotypes.

The editors intend to bring with this Special Issue a significant value to women entrepreneurship researchers, policy-makers and entrepreneurs. Full papers should be submitted by email, word attachment to Alain Fayolle and Shumaila Yousafzai. First page must contain the title, author(s) and contact information for the corresponding author. For additional guidelines, please see ‘Instructions for Authors’ from a recent issue of Entrepreneurship and Regional Development or visit:

Papers suitable for publication in the Special Issue will be double-blind reviewed following the ERD’s review process guidelines. 


The Special Issue is scheduled to be published in Summer 2018. The following timetable/deadline dates are given for your information:

(1) Submission of the full papers – by 31st July 2016.

(2) First Feedback from reviewers – by 30 November 2016.

(3) Submission of the revised papers – by 31st March 2017.

(4) Expected delivery date to E&RD – by 31st January 2018.

At this stage, we kindly ask that you let us know by email whether you would be willing to contribute to the Special Issue.

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