Einreichungsfrist für JMS Special Issue

01. Jun

Leading entrepreneurial ventures: Individual and team-based perspectives

Journal of Management Studies


          Submission Deadline: 1st June 2018

Guest Editors:
Jon Carr, North Carolina State University
Andrew Corbett, Babson College
Crystal Hoyt, University of Richmond
Franz Kellermanns, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Brad Kirkman, North Carolina State University
Jeff Pollack, North Carolina State University
JMS Editor: Corinne Post, Lehigh University
Background to Special Issue
Although recent work has explored the topic of strategic leadership in entrepreneurial
contexts at a more macro level (e.g., Special Issue in Journal of Management Studies;
Simsek, Jansen, Minichilli, & Escriba-Esteve, 2015), there is a fundamental shortcoming
that remains unaddressed with regards to leadership research within entrepreneurship.
Research scholars have continued to treat the context of entrepreneurship as a special
situation where mainstream leadership research can be applied. For example, findings
have examined how CEOs behavior affects managers in an entrepreneurship context
(Kang, Solomon, & Choi, 2015).
However, we contend that mainstream leadership research and approaches may not be
ideally suited to studying what happens in the very early stages of nascent
entrepreneurship, or what happens as the venture grows. For example, in the very early
stages of the opportunity identification process, there are often no formal followers, yet
the resource needs of the venture may require the engagement and leadership of
informal partners to address opportunity-related requirements. Likewise, traditional
views on leadership are not well-suited to exploring how an idea transforms into an
opportunity. Overall, extant work falls short of being able to inform theory and practice
about how an individual or team engages in leadership behaviors that take a venture
from the opportunity identification stage, through the opportunity exploration and
subsequent exploitation (e.g., launch) stages.  
Scholars have worked to highlight the areas where leadership research and
entrepreneurship research potentially intersect (e.g., vision, influence, leading in
changing contexts, planning) as well as how the domains are similar and different (e.g.,
Cogliser & Brigham, 2004; Vecchio, 2003). Yet, the common thread in this line of
thinking is that leadership research is a mature field, and can thus inform the newer
domain of entrepreneurship in some novel way. We contend that it is time for the field of
entrepreneurship to put forward new theories of leadership at the individual and team-
level, both empirically supported as well as conceptually-focused, which can redefine
leadership research (and entrepreneurship research) in the 21st Century.
Accordingly, the purpose of this special issue is to bring together the best minds across
various fields to address the issue of what specifically constitutes the individual and
team-related challenges, processes, and opportunities related to leading the
entrepreneurial venture. We hope to attract exemplary empirical research—both
quantitative and qualitative—that showcases unique empirical strategies and novel data
sources. We are also very interested in research that develops provocative theoretical
contributions and/or integrates findings and theories across multiple disciplines and
perspectives. Overall, we hope this special issue in Journal of Management Studies will
advance the field, both in terms of management theory as well as in practice. Some
possible broad research questions that might be addressed by contributions in this
special issue include:
•  What does it mean to lead a nascent venture in which there are no followers?
How can one person, or a team, leverage the newness and smallness of the
emerging venture to attract its earliest followers (e.g., customers, employees,
suppliers, financiers)? What does leadership look like for emerging ventures
where entrepreneurs have primarily external stakeholders and where no actual
followers exist yet?
•  How does an individual need to adapt, over time, to lead a venture during the
opportunity identification, opportunity exploration, and opportunity exploitation
stages of the entrepreneurial life cycle. Can case studies, or other methods,
provide insight into successful individuals (or teams) who have done this
compared to those who have failed?
•  Why might an individual who is the founder be advantageous to have as a leader
of a new venture? Why might an individual who is the founder not be an ideal
candidate to run the venture once it is launched (Chen & Thompson, 2015;
Pollock, Fund, & Baker, 2009)? Might different individuals play important
leadership roles at different points along the entrepreneurial process?
•  How do the prosocial motivations of the founder in the venture and the
procedural fairness of the founding individual or team influence followership (e.g.,
employees, customers, suppliers, financiers)? How might the lack of existing
schemas for new ventures contribute to a leader’s ethical decision making?
•  What’s the role of risk-taking and confidence (actual and perceived) in leadership
in entrepreneurial contexts? How do risk-taking and confidence differ among
leaders in entrepreneurial ventures across different nations and cultures?
•  How might judgments of an entrepreneurial leader’s warmth and competence,
two core dimensions in judging leaders, differ among and matter for various
followers from financiers to employees? Do these dimensions hold across
cultures and nations for the followers of leaders in entrepreneurial ventures?
•  What does leadership look like in ventures started by an individual entrepreneur
versus those started by entrepreneurial communities? How might a compelling
vision of the venture inspire leadership and followership?  
•  How might identity-based expectations (for example, gender, nationality, and
race) and affective displays influence the confidence that various stakeholders
have in the entrepreneurial leaders’ ability to be successful?
•  How, and under what conditions, do leaders’ communication and management of
their affective states impact the entrepreneurial process in terms of leadership?
Submission Process and Deadlines
•  Manuscripts will be reviewed according to the JMS double-blind review process.
•  Submissions should be prepared using the JMS Manuscript Preparation
Guidelines (see: www.socadms.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/JMS-Manuscript-Preparation-Guidelines.pdf)
•  The deadline for submission is 1st June 2018.
•  Manuscripts should be submitted by e-mail to business.jms@durham.ac.uk
•  For informal inquires related to the Special Issue, proposed topics and potential
fit, and/or the conferences below, please contact the guest editors at
Professional Development Workshop
Academy of Management, August 2017, Atlanta, GA
We are offering a Professional Development Workshop at the 2017 Academy of
Management Meeting in August (Atlanta, Georgia) as a means by which scholars who
focus on this area can craft a vision for the future of research related to leadership in the
domain of entrepreneurship. This PDW participants the opportunity to 1) interact with
experts in the field to learn about the state of the literature, 2) discuss, in small groups
facilitated by experts, research ideas and potential methodological issues, and 3)
network with researchers of similar interests and complementary skills to foster future
collaborations. Please look for this PDW in the online program via
aom.org/annualmeeting/. Attending this workshop is not a precondition for
submission to this special issue. 
Special Issue Workshop
February 2019 in Raleigh, NC
A Special Issue Workshop will be held in February, 2019 in Raleigh, NC. Authors of
R&R manuscripts will be invited to present their papers and react to their colleague’s
papers during the workshop. Presentation at the workshop does not guarantee
acceptance of the paper. Likewise, attending the workshop is not a precondition for
acceptance for the special issue.