Economic growth and policy in the entrepreneurial economy

Editor: David Autretsch, Indiana University Bloomington, USA; Dirk Dohse, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Germany; Domingo Ribeiro Soriano, University of Valencia, Spain


According to Thurik, Stam and Audretsch, ‘the managed economy has been replaced by the entrepreneurial economy’ (Thurik, A. Roy, E. Stam and David B. Audretsch: The rise of the entrepreneurial economy and the future of dynamic capitalism, Technovation, 33(s8–9), 2013, 303). The managed economy is an economy in which the economic performance is related to the bigger size of the companies, the economies of scale, the standardization of products and services and the higher degree of innovation. The entrepreneurial economy is an economy in which economic performance depends on both distributed innovation and the creation and growth of innovative ventures (David B. Audretsch and A. Roy Thurik: What's new about the new economy?, Industrial and Corporate Change, 10(1), 2001, 267–315).

In this sense, entrepreneurship can be considered as a key tool for knowledge transfer. That is to say entrepreneurship is seen as a mechanism that facilitates the transmission of knowledge through the commercialization of knowledge and ideas that otherwise could not reach the other companies and, more generally, the society (Audretsch, David and M. Keilbach: Resolving the knowledge paradox: Knowledge-spillover entrepreneurship and economics growth, Research Policy, 37(10), 2008, 1697–1705).

The aim of the special issue is to improve our understanding of the drivers of economic growth in the entrepreneurial economy, with a focus on innovative policies facilitating the foundation, growth and internationalization of knowledge-based enterprises.


To further stimulate the discussion on these topics, the GIKA Conference ( organizes a special track on this topic. Linnaeus University (Sweden) will host the 2018 GIKA Conference in its School of Business and Economics. Authors should submit an extended abstract by November 30, 2017 and a full paper by February 10, 2018 at:


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