Special issue on sustainable entrepreneurship and innovation: governance and equal opportunity perspectives

Published 19 October, 2022


Recent research has underlined the necessity to understand entrepreneurial behaviour through institutional theory. Most research on the growth of entrepreneurship in developing/emerging economies fails to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) compliance.

Moreover, since the coronavirus outbreak began, entrepreneurial activity growth has been severely slowed in many countries, affecting their economic growth and development. However, some entrepreneurs will be able to exploit business opportunities from this crisis, leading several scholars to highlight the importance of understanding the effects of the pandemic on small and medium enterprises.

This special issue will emphasise entrepreneurial opportunities and challenges in developing/emerging economies. We welcome submissions that examine the influence of formal institutions (e.g., laws and regulations, tertiary education and firm-level technology absorption), and informal institutions (e.g., culture and social norms) on the development of different types of entrepreneurial activities.

Topics covered:

  • Entrepreneurship and economic sustainability
  • The role of ESG on growing entrepreneurship
  • Building institutional capacity of environmental governance through social entrepreneurship
  • Stimulating entrepreneurship and an innovative environment
  • FinTech, RegTech and entrepreneurship
  • The role of formal and informal institutions in developing entrepreneurial activities
  • How SMEs can survive financially during uncertain situations such as COVID-19
  • Gender issues and entrepreneurship in emerging economies
  • Gender equality and women's empowerment
  • Corporate governance and the performance of firms ‎
  • Social responsibility disclosures and the performance of firms ‎
  • Evaluating ESG activities and engagement ‎

Important deadlines:

  • Submission deadline: 1 April 2024

Submission Instructions:

Please read the Guide for Authors before submitting. All articles should be submitted online; please select SI: sustainable entrepreneurship and innovation: governance and equal opportunity perspectives  on submission. Authors should specify that they are submitting to the special issue in their cover letter. If the manuscript is accepted, the article will be published open access with no fee payable by the author.

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