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It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that the International Journal of Management Reviews (IJMR) invite all interested scholars to submit review papers that document research advances in the cognitive and affective dimensions of entrepreneurship.
The Mind in the Middle:
Taking Stock of Cognition Research in Entrepreneurship for Future Development
Special Issue Guest Editors:
Dimo Dimov, Bath School of Management (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Joep Cornelissen, VU University Amsterdam (email@example.com)
Elco van Burg, VU University Amsterdam (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Denis A. Grégoire, Syracuse University (email@example.com)
Cognition has become a critically important perspective within entrepreneurship research. It examines how entrepreneurs ‘make sense’ of the world to imagine, identify and design ideas for new products, services or business models (Baron & Ensley, 2006; Cornelissen & Clarke, 2010; Grégoire, Barr, & Shepherd, 2010), how they evaluate such opportunities (Mitchell, Smith, Seawright, & Morse, 2000; Mitchell & Shepherd, 2010) how they form intentions for developing and pursuing these ideas (Dimov, 2007; Wood, Williams & Grégoire, 2012), how they make decisions for marshalling resources and exploiting these ideas (Baker & Nelson, 2005; Sarasvathy, 2001), how investors, consumers and other stakeholders make sense of entrepreneurial efforts (e.g., Martens, Jennings, & Jennings, 2007), and how interactions with other entrepreneurs and external stakeholders influence the development of early routines and strategies in their burgeoning ventures (e.g., Santos & Eisenhardt, 2009). Broadly defined, cognition research has also paralleled recent interest in the role of affect, emotions and feelings in entrepreneurship (cf. Cardon, Foo, Shepherd & Wiklund, 2012; Foo, 2011).
Cognitive research in entrepreneurship has matured so much in recent years that a special review issue on the topic becomes timely and necessary, not only to take stock of current bases of knowledge but also to open up opportunities and directions for further research. Indeed, and in spite of its clear advances, extant cognitive research in entrepreneurship remains characterized by a multiplicity of theoretical approaches, foci, methodologies, variables and measures (cf. Forbes, 1999 vs. Grégoire, Corbett & McMullen, 2011). Although this multiplicity affords a lot of breadth and richness in research explorations, it also signals potential dangers—from the lack of a coherent knowledge base to making this research confusing, difficult to understand, or seemingly superficial.
To help guard against these dangers and in order to augment the impact and value-adding contribution of future cognition research in entrepreneurship, we invite scholars to develop and submit manuscripts that take a cognitive perspective or address issues of cognition in relation to entrepreneurship topics. As such, we invite systematic reviews that document progress in this area, but also develop insightful and innovative suggestions for augmenting the impact of future research on these topics—whether in the form of a framework, process model, or the articulation of a research agenda. Thus, we explicitly encourage papers that build on a review of the literature to develop a set of ideas and theoretical signposts that may inform and guide future research—thereby leading to less fragmentation in the field and a convergent research agenda. Towards these aims, the “ideal” papers will pursue one or more of the following three objectives:
Although we encourage any and all papers at the interface between affect / cognition and entrepreneurship, potential topics for review and extension include:
In order to help articulate eventual submissions to the Special Issue, we invite any scholars interested to submit a preliminary, two-page proposal for preliminary feedback by the editorial team. To ensure timely feedback, such proposals should be submitted no later than June 20, 2013. Submitting a preliminary proposal is not necessary: however, doing so allows the Guest Editors to provide formative feedback at this stage and to support the manuscript's further developments.
The deadline for submitting full manuscripts for consideration is November 1, 2013.
Authors should ensure they follow the journal guidelines available at:
See also: Macpherson A. & Jones O. (2010). Editorial: Strategies for the Development of International Journal of Management Reviews. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2370.2010.00282.x
Papers should be submitted online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijmr following the guidelines and authors should ensure they answer ‘yes’ to the question ‘Is this submission for a special issue’ and should enter the title to the special issue in the box provided.
The Special Issue will be published in 2015 (Volume 17; Issue 2).
For questions regarding this special issue, please contact Dimo Dimov (firstname.lastname@example.org).