*Guest Editors:*
Ying Chen, Fujian Normal University/Nanjing University of Science and
Technology (China)
Gao Wu, Nanjing University of Science and Technology (China)
Mette Søgaard Nielsen, Martin Senderovitz, & Simon Fietze, University of
Southern Denmark

*Special Issue*

The importance of entrepreneurship as a driver of employment, innovation
and national competitiveness has been widely acknowledged, as indicated
with the European Commission’s recent Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan.
Research into early stages of the start-up process – also termed nascent
entrepreneurship (Davidsson, 2006) – reveals that combinations of factors
on the individual (Unger et al. 2011; e.g. risk willingness,
self-efficacy), team (Ruef & Aldrich, 2003; e.g. team size, team
diversity), venture (Senderovitz et al., 2016; e.g. strategy, industry),
environmental levels (Klyver et al., 2013; e.g. social networks,
legislation, culture) affect idea generation, entrepreneurial intentions,
start-up behaviour, and finally whether newly founded businesses survive,
grow and generate profit.

It is increasingly recognized that in order to understand nascent
entrepreneurship, it is insufficient to study factors individually; rather,
nascent entrepreneurship is a multi-level phenomenon that requires
investigations into how factors – in combination and across levels –
function to influence the start-up process. For instance, the value of the
resources in form of trust obtained from social networks might depend on
the level of self-efficacy of the individual (Carolis et al., 2009) or on
how collectivistic a nation’s culture is (Rooks et al., 2016).

China has become an increasingly important economic entity and the Chinese
government has put much attention to entrepreneurial activities. They have
recognized entrepreneurship as one of the key drivers of sustainable
economic development. The government puts a lot of efforts to encourage and
facilitate entrepreneurial activity (He, 2018). China, therefore, provides
an important and interesting context to explore entrepreneurial activities
from different perspectives and levels. Alongside the emergence and growth
of entrepreneurial activities in the huge transitional economy, there is a
need and great opportunities for further entrepreneurship research.

Therefore, this call for papers invites both empirical studies and
theoretical papers that helps to understand how various factors, in
combination and across levels, impact entrepreneurship in China, including
idea generation, entrepreneurial intentions, start-up behaviour, and
start-up performance.

*References*

– Davidsson, P. (2006). Nascent Entrepreneurship: Empirical Studies and
Developments. *Foundations and Trends in Entrepreneurship, 2*(1), 1-76.
– De Carolis, D. M., Litzky, B. E., & Eddleston, K. A. (2009). Why
networks enhance the progress of new venture creation: The influence of
social capital and cognition. *Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 33*(2),
527-545.
– He, C., Lu, J. & Qian, H. (2018). Entrepreneurship in China. *Small
Business Econmics.* doi:10.1007/s11187-017-9972-5
– Klyver, K., Nielsen, S. L., & Evald, M. R. (2013). Women’s
self-employment: An act of institutional (dis) integration? A multilevel,
cross-country study. *Journal of Business Venturing, 28*(4), 474-488.
– Ruef, M., Aldrich, H. E., & Carter, N. M. (2003). The structure of
founding teams: Homophily, strong ties, and isolation among US
entrepreneurs. *American Sociological Review*, 195-222.
– Rooks, G., Klyver, K., & Sserwanga, A. (2016). The context of social
capital: A comparison of rural and urban entrepreneurs in Uganda.*
Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 40*(1), 111-130.
– Senderovitz, M., Klyver, K., & Steffens, P. (2016). Four years on: Are
the gazelles still running? A longitudinal study of firm performance after
a period of rapid growth. *International Small Business Journal, 34*(4),
391-411.
– Unger, J. M., Rauch, A., Frese, M., & Rosenbusch, N. (2011). Human
capital and entrepreneurial success: A meta-analytical review. *Journal
of Business Venturing, 26*(3), 341-358.

*Deadline*
Full papers for this special issue of management revue – Socio-Economic
Studies must be submitted by *May 31, 2019*. All contributions will be
subject to double-blind review. Papers invited to a “revise and resubmit”
are due January 31, 2020. The publication is scheduled for issue 3/2020.
Please submit your papers electronically via the online submission system
at http://www.mrev.nomos.de/ using “SI Nascent Entrepreneurship” as article
section.

*Submission Guidelines*
Manuscript length should not exceed 8,000 words (excluding references) and
the norm should be 30 pages in double-spaced type with margins of about 3
cm (1 inch) on each side of the page. Further, please follow the guidelines
on the journal’s website <http://www.mrev.nomos.de/guidelines/> and submit
the papers electronically by sending a “blind” copy of your manuscript
(delete all author identification from this primary document).

*Hoping to hear from you!*
Ying Chen <chenying2238>
Gao Wu <b_pp>
Mette Søgaard Nielsen <mesn>
Martin Senderovitz <mse>
Simon Fietze <simonf>

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