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Publication: Entrepreneurial Business and Economics Review (EBER)
Title: Foreign Entrepreneurs in China
Type:Journal Special Issue
Editors:Michal K. Lemanski (Nottingham University)
Deadline:June 15, 2018

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Description of the Thematic Issue

BACKGROUND: Since its “opening” nearly 40 years ago, China has been attracting foreign entrepreneurs. Now, being the world’s second-largest economy, a member of the World Trade Organization as well as other global and regional economic blocks and cooperation agreements, the country remains a magnet for businesspeople from all around the world. During the process of China’s impressive economic development foreign entrepreneurs played an important role contributing to the advancement of technology and management practices in China. Yet, while learning from abroad still plays an important role, the focus has been shifting towards development of Chinese own knowledge and enhancing Chinese innovation. Successive Five-Year Plans and state policies explicitly focus on the development of Chinese technologies, patents, know-how, and brands. AIMS The aim of this thematic issue of the Entrepreneurial Business and Economic Review (EBER) is to understand the changing role of foreign entrepreneurs in China with regard to the international diffusion of knowledge, management practices and innovation.

Specifically we ask:

  • what do foreign entrepreneurs learn in China?
  • What is their role in the international diffusion of Chinese technologies and innovation?
  • What kind of management practices do they learn and apply back in their home countries, or spread further across the world?
  • What is the current role of foreign entrepreneurs in the advancement of technology in China?
  • Do they bring valuable technologies and managerial practices which can be applied in China?
  • Can foreign entrepreneurs act as catalysts of Chinese innovation?

We are inviting empirical papers investigating subjects within the broad theme of this issue.

The EBER journal has a strong tradition of publishing high-quality quantitative research, however, we are open to other research methodologies as well. The list of topics below is indicative. Prospective authors can contact the EBER and the thematic issue editors to discuss their ideas and consult potential submissions.

TOPICS: Topics include, yet are not limited to:

  • Cross-border start-ups
  • Foreigners in business incubators
  • Government policies and international entrepreneurship Inclusive international entrepreneurship
  • Diffusion of innovation between developing and developed regions
  • Innovative businesses models for international entrepreneurship
  • Institutional environments of the home and the host country
  • International diffusion/transfer of innovation International diffusion/transfer of knowledge
  • International diffusion/transfer of management practices
  • International entrepreneurship in the digital economy
  • International social entrepreneurship
  • Knowledge spill-overs from international new ventures
  • The role of foreign entrepreneurs in the society

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