Preview | Entrepreneurship Made in Germany

Durst, S. and Roth, S. (2018) Entrepreneurship Made in Germany. Special Issue of the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, Vol. 33 No. 1.

Table of contents available for download here.

Original Call for Papers

Entrepreneurship: Made in Germany

Guest Editors:
Susanne Durst, University of Skövde, Sweden
Steffen Roth, ESC Rennes School of Business, France

German is hip again. German is not only the most widely spoken native language in the European Union, but there is also a global increase in persons interested in learning German as a foreign language. Moreover, the German language area has for decades now been a major growth engine of the global economy.

Against this backdrop, the aim of this special issue is to explore entrepreneurship in the German-speaking countries Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein to get a better understanding of the stories, reasons and antecedents behind this successful development. Furthermore, we are no less interested in contributions on entrepreneurship in Germanophone (border) regions such as in Denmark, Belgium, Luxemburg, France, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Namibia, Brazil, Chile and further countries where German is a national minority language.

In this broadest sense of German, submissions could also focus on the export of German expatriate entrepreneurs and business models, capture perceptions of German entrepreneurship abroad (e.g. in China), or revisit particularities of German entrepreneurship research (Schmude et al., 2008).

We invite theoretical, conceptual and empirical submissions, and are particularly keen to read daring, ironic or surprising perspectives on German entrepreneurship.

Subject Coverage

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Virtues, self-definitions and caricatures of German entrepreneurs
  • Historical entrepreneurship: made in German (language)
  • German entrepreneurship and piracy (Roth, 2014a; Roth, 2014b)
  • Dark sides of German entrepreneurship
  • German thoroughness and entrepreneurship
  • German business planning
  • German intercultural differences, regional development and interregional entrepreneurship (Kaufmann and Durst, 2008; Welter, 2006; Roth et al., 2013)
  • German entrepreneurship, green entrepreneurship?
  • Entrepreneurship and degrowth, German (horror) visions?
  • German entrepreneurs, German capitalisms (Roth, 2015)
  • German entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • German governance (Durst and Henschel, 2014)
  • German knowledge lost in translation (Durst and Wilhelm, 2011; Durst and Wilhelm, 2012)
  • Ethnic minority entrepreneurship in German-speaking countries (Dana, 2007a)
  • Germanophone entrepreneurship education
  • Germanophone social media and entrepreneurship
  • German entrepreneurship and big data
  • German families, German businesses
  • Social entrepreneurship and innovations – Made in German (language) (Müller et al., 2010; Müller, 2010; Roth, 2009)
  • German gender mainstreams in entrepreneurship
  • German games, innovations and adventures (Roth et al., 2015)
  • Entrepreneurship in former German colonies, including Namibia (Dana, 1993) and Togo (Dana, 2007b)

Read the full Call for Papers for further details.

Important Dates

Submission of manuscripts: 31 May, 2016
Notification to authors: 31 August, 2016
Final versions due: 31 October, 2016

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