Peter Miskell: Content & Practice of Business History — Organizational History Network

Last weekend at the Association of Business Historians’ Conference, Peter Miskell (Henley Business School) gave a really insightful talk about the current state of business history. He kindly agreed to share the slides and write up a short summary for the Organizational History Network. Who are business historians, and what is it that they do? […]

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Qualitative, Quantitative Or Mix ?? — Amit’s Page

Which method is suitable when you are a beginner in research programme? Often researchers get confused with the appropriateness of methodology and its clarity in a research. They explore literature, contact experienced researchers and faculty to know ‘how to decide Qualitative or Quantitative method’? I discussed this context (of deciding the methodology) with my colleague […]

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How to explore research question? — Amit’s Page

Scholars who are forced by their inquisitiveness and research process – attempt newer fields to study and to make academic disciplines. These new disciplines are being developed and studied further in many ways and in many campuses of higher learning institution. Exploring a worthy research question to answer always takes time and efforts, whether it […]

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Social Enterprise and Networks Special issue call for papers from Social Responsibility Journal

Guest Editors: Dr David Littlewood (; Dr Zaheer Khan (

This special issue aims to contribute towards addressing this gap in knowledge and theory about social enterprise and networks. We invite empirical and conceptual papers addressing this subject, particularly on the following topics, although this list is not exhaustive:
• In extant literature participation in networks has been linked to various positive outcomes for social enterprises, yet there remains significant scope for further enquiry. Potential research questions include: what is the role of social networks in social enterprise start-up? What role do they play later on as
social enterprises grow and if they seek to upscale (Lyon & Fernandez, 2012)? What role do networks play in knowledge acquisition, capability
development, and venture sustainability? How do social entrepreneurs manage their networks strategically to achieve their social objectives?
• Globally, there has been a proliferation in organisations aiming to support social enterprises but also shape the nature of the wider social
entrepreneurship field e.g. Ashoka, UnLtd, the Skoll Foundation, the Social Enterprise Alliance etc. (Nicholls, 2010), yet to date these organisations
themselves, and the networks and networking they enable are little studied. What role do these organisations play in building global social enterprise
networks and the networks of social entrepreneurs? What is the nature of these networks and of the relationships within them? How does interaction
with such support organisations and networks benefit social entrepreneurs, if at all? How do social entrepreneurs leverage these networks to carry out
their work?
• Social capital theory represents another potential area of research, and lens to consider some of the questions posed previously. Papers might address
questions of: how social entrepreneurs build, maintain and deploy social capital to achieve their social objectives? What is the role of trust in building
social capital and how is it developed and maintained in social enterprise networks? What roles do structural, cognitive and relational social capital play in
social enterprises? What are the downsides and negative implications of social capital for social enterprises?
• Theories of strong and weak ties, embeddedness and institutions offer further potential theoretical frameworks for research on social enterprise and
networks. Possible research questions include: how do social entrepreneurs utilise their strong and weak ties in pursuit of their social missions? Under
what conditions are each important? How are social enterprises and is social entrepreneurship and innovation locally embedded? What are the positives
and negatives of local embeddedness? How do institutional factors influence the development of social enterprise networks and the social networks of
social entrepreneurs?
• Papers comparing the role of networks for social enterprises versus more traditional enterprises are also welcome. Potential questions include, whether
and if so how the nature of networks differ between social enterprises and traditional business ventures? Are there differences in how social capital,
embeddedness, strong and weak ties and institutional influences play out in social enterprises versus traditional ventures?
• Across the research field, work on social enterprises in developing and emerging economies remains limited (Rivera-Santos et al, 2016; Littlewood &
Holt, 2015), this includes in relation to social enterprises and networks. Papers could therefore address questions of: how do social entrepreneurs under conditions of resource scarcity and institutional voids leverage their networks in start-up, to grow, and to achieve their social missions? What are the positives and negatives for developing and emerging economy social enterprises in engagement with global social enterprise support organisations and networks? Are social entrepreneurs’ social networks different in developed versus developing and emerging economies? Are there differences within and between developing and emerging economies?
• Finally, work offering more critical perspectives on social enterprises and networks, engaging with the “dark side” of social entrepreneurship and innovation, is also welcome. Questions might focus on whether and how social entrepreneurs might exploit their network positions? Or what is the nature, and implications, of unequal power relationships in social enterprise social network ?

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development

Under-Researched Domains in Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Education: Primary School, Community Colleges, and Vocational Education and Training Programs

Guest Editors: Rebecca Corbin, Eric Liguori, Martin Lackéus, and Shelby Solomon

Submission Deadline: 01 March 2018

Indicative list of anticipated themes:
Papers should present novel and original research outputs that have not been published or are concurrently being considered for
publication elsewhere. Potential research areas include, but are not limited to, the following topics:
• Entrepreneurship education models and definitions in under-researched domains
• CC, VET, and Primary School entrepreneurial ecosystems
• The role of CC, VET, and Primary Schools in entrepreneurship education
• Credentialing faculty in non-academic contexts
• Similarities and differences between CC, VET, Primary, and 4-year university approaches to entrepreneurship education and pedagogy
• Pedagogical foundations and applications of CC / VET / Primary entrepreneurship education
• CC / VET / Primary entrepreneurship education impact on workforce development
• Work that explores other under-researched domains in entrepreneurship education (primary schools, corporate training
departments, community programs, for-profit accelerators)

Special Issue Call for Papers on: Technology Entrepreneurship in South Asia

Call for papers – International Journal of Emerging Markets

International Journal of Emerging Markets

The deadline for submission of papers is June 30, 2018

Potential Topics of Interest

• Constraints and barriers to technology entrepreneurship in South Asia
• Factors that contribute to the adoption and diffusion of technology entrepreneurship
• Sustainable technology entrepreneurship and development
• Determinants of growth in technology start-ups
• The role of diaspora in technology entrepreneurship
• Overseas expansion of technology firms and born-globals (Varma, 2011)
• The emergence of technology parks, technology hubs and clusters
• The role of mobile technologies and social media in spurring innovation and technology commercialization
• Public private partnerships to promote and support technology entrepreneurship
• The role of higher educational institutions in facilitating entrepreneurial venturing
• Technology entrepreneurship and organizational development strategies
• The role of technology entrepreneurship in developing the innovativeness of SMEs
• Public policy initiatives to unleash entrepreneurial venturing
• The role of organizational leadership in technology entrepreneurship
• Institutional environment for the emergence and growth of tech ventures in South Asia


Welcome to the Reader’s corner

Dear FREEks,


I feel happy to inform you that for next week’s free session, Saurabh ji has suggested a research paper titled “RESEARCH IN SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP: PASCONTRIBUTIONS AND FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES”. It is among one of the most cited papers in the field of Social Entrepreneurship.