Innovation and Entrepreneurial University Ecosystems in Euro-Mediterranean Countries
The entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystems at universities were once thought of as separate
entities. They are interconnected and expanding quite quickly. Innovation ecosystems focus
on the intricate interactions between entities (governments, universities, and industry) engaged in
the innovation process. Leadership, dynamic capacities, culture, capital markets, networks, and
customers are just a few of the elements that affect individual, organisational, industry, and
environmental aspects of entrepreneurial ecosystems. These components also interact intricately.
Local socioeconomic growth is determined by this group of individuals and institutions.
Education programmes, infrastructure (including incubators, research parks, technology transfer
offices, business development offices, and employment offices), regulatory factors (pertaining to
business establishment and property rights), culture (including role models and entrepreneurial
attitudes), and relationships with the government, investors, businesses, and other socioeconomic
agents are all parts of an ecosystem. In the past, university ecosystems have assisted the campus
community (students, alumni, faculty, and staff) in utilizing creative and entrepreneurial activities
while offering a balanced environment for teaching, learning, and research.
University researchers have also been asked to conduct more ‘responsible’ research and to address
major societal issues, including public health and sustainability/climate change. Assessing these
efforts and results is important for the accreditation of organisations and policymakers. Universities
that are innovative and entrepreneurial are those that adopt an entrepreneurial management style,
have teachers, staff, and students who act entrepreneurially, and engage with their surrounding
environment (community/region) in an entrepreneurial way.
A university will increasingly play an entrepreneurial and innovative role. By planning and developing
their entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystems to produce societal, technological, and economic
value through research, teaching other forms of human capital development, as well as the
development of new businesses and entrepreneurial capital, universities can help boost
competitiveness and economic growth.
We also welcome theoretical and empirical studies on the effects of entrepreneurial ecosystems and
university innovation in Euro-Mediterranean nations for this special issue. We welcome scholars
from many management and social science sectors (e.g., education, strategy, economics, sociology,
innovation, organisational behaviour, human resource management, geography, and anthropology).
The special issue papers should provide a significant theoretical contribution in keeping with the
scope of the IJEMS, along with a suitable methodological approach.
Deadline, Submission and Review Process
When you submit your manuscript online, please indicate in your cover letter that the paper should
be considered for this special issue. Contributors should follow journal guidelines. The submission
deadline is 7 April 2023, and papers should be submitted to the International Journal of Euro-
Mediterranean Studies website https://ijems.emuni.si/index.php/home/about/submissions. All
papers will be reviewed according to the standard policies of IJEMS.