Call for Papers: Symposium on Entrepreneurship

Call for Papers for a Symposium on:

“Entrepreneurship in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors”


 Public Administration Review

 Edited by:

David B. Audretsch

Indiana University

Donald S. Siegel

Arizona State University (as of 7/1/17)

Siri Terjesen

American University

Norwegian School of Economics, Norway

 Entrepreneurship is a topic of growing interest to academics and policymakers. Scholars in the field of public administration have been slower than academics in other fields (e.g., business administration and economics) to embrace the study of entrepreneurship. That is not surprising since entrepreneurial activity has traditionally focused on the private sector and the pursuit of profit.

However, in recent years, we have witnessed a substantial rise in entrepreneurial initiatives in the public and non-profit sectors. These initiatives involve numerous government and non-profit entities, including federal agencies, universities, foundations, and state and local governments. Entrepreneurship in the public and non-profit sectors has broader social goals than conventional forms of entrepreneurship, such as the more rapid commercialization and use of inventions and new technologies arising from federally-funded research, enhancement of regional economic development, sustainability and other environmental objectives, and remedying other market failures with innovative solutions. These new initiatives also have important implications for the “entrepreneurial” behavior of public sector managers (e.g., Lewis, 1980; Schneider and Teske, 1992) and thus, the vast literature in public administration and political science on public entrepreneurship (e.g., Ostrom 1964, 2005; Wagner, 1966; Osborne and Gaebler, 1993; McGinnis and Ostrom, 2012).

The proposed symposium seeks to bring together papers that address these issues. Another key goal of the symposium is to foster stronger links among entrepreneurship researchers in a variety of social science disciplines (including the field of management) and public administration scholars.

Some themes that papers in the proposed symposium might address are:

  • Public entrepreneurship and public sector entrepreneurship (Bellone and Goerl, 1992; Moon, 1999; Bernier and Hafsi, 2007; Leyden and Link, 2015)
  • Public policies and programs to promote entrepreneurship, e.g., the Bayh-Dole

Act (Aldridge and Audretsch, 2011; Berman, 2012), the Small Business

Innovation Research Program (Audretsch, Link, and Scott, 2002), and the NSF

I-Corps Program (Pellicane and Blaho, 2015)

  • Social entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship in the non-profit sector

(Frumkin and Kim, 2001; Korosec and Berman, 2006; Waddock and Post,

1991; Terjesen, Bosma, and Stam, 2015; Schneider, 2017; Terjesen, 2017)

  • Academic/university entrepreneurship, including technology transfer offices and property-based institutions, such as incubators/accelerators and        science/technology parks (Link, Siegel, and Wright, 2015; Siegel, Waldman,

and Link, 2003; Yu, Stough, and Nijkamp, 2009)

  • The contribution of entrepreneurship to regional economic development (e.g., Decker, Haltiwanger, Jarmin, and Miranda, 2014)

The Symposium will incorporate regular PAR features, including Theory to Practice, Research Synthesis, Public Administration and the Disciplines, Book Reviews, Perspectives and Commentary.

The Review Process and Tentative Timetable

The following is a tentative schedule for the proposed symposium:

  • Submission of papers: May 2018
  • First Round Completed Reviews of submitted papers: August 2018
  • Developmental workshop at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. September 2018
  • Submission of final papers: January-March 2019

Note that there will be a special developmental workshop for highly promising papers under review, which will be held at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.


Aldridge, Taylor and David B. Audretsch (2011). “The Bayh-Dole Act and Scientist Entrepreneurship. Research Policy, 40, 1058-1067.

Audretsch, David B., Albert N. Link, and John T. Scott (2002). “Public/Private Technology Partnerships: Evaluating SBIR-Supported Research,” Research Policy 31, 145-158.

Bellone, Carl J. and George Frederick Goerl (1992). “Reconciling Public Entrepreneurship and Democracy,” Public Administration Review 52: 130-134.

Berman, Elizabeth Popp (2012). Creating the Market University, Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Bernier, Luc and Taïib Hafsi (2007). “The Changing Nature of Public Entrepreneurship,” Public Administration Review 67: 488-503.

Borins, Sandford.( 2000). “Loose Cannons and Rule Breakers, or Enterprising Leaders? Some Evidence about Innovative Public Managers,” Public Administration Review, 60(6): 498-507.

Decker, Ryan, John Haltiwanger, Ron Jarmin, and Javier Miranda. (2014). “The Role of Entrepreneurship in US Job Creation and Economic Dynamism,” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 28(3): 3-24.

Frumkin, Peter, and Mark T. Kim. (2001). “Strategic Positioning and the Financing of Nonprofit Organizations: Is Efficiency Rewarded in the Contributions Marketplace?” Public Administration Review, 61(3): 266-275.

Korosec, Ronnie L., and Evan M. Berman. (2006). “Municipal support for social entrepreneurship.” Public Administration Review, 66(3): 448-462.

Lewis, Eugene. (1980). Public Entrepreneurship: Toward a Theory of Bureaucratic Political Power: The Organizational Lives of Hyman Rickover, J. Edgar Hoover, and Robert Moses. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Leyden, Dennis and Albert Link. (2015). Public Sector Entrepreneurship: US Technology and Innovation Policy. New York: Oxford University Press

.Moon, Myung J. (1999). “The Pursuit of Managerial Entrepreneurship: Does Organization Matter?,” Public Administration Review 59: 31-43.

Link, Albert N., Donald S. Siegel, and Mike Wright (2015). Chicago Handbook of University Technology Transfer and Academic Entrepreneurship, Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

McGinnis, Michael D., and Elinor Ostrom. (2012). “Reflections on Vincent Ostrom, Public Administration, and Polycentricity.” Public Administration Review, 72(1): 15-25.

National Science Foundation. (2011). “Empowering the National Through Discovery and Innovation; NSF Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years (FY) 2011-2016.” Accessed February 15, 2017.

Osborne, David, and Ted Gaebler. (1993). Reinventing Government: How the Entrepreneurial Spirit is Transforming the Public Sector. Reading, MA: Plume.

Ostrom, Elinor (1964). “Public Entrepreneurship: A Case Study in Ground Water Basin Management,” University of California, Los Angeles, CA, (unpublished Ph.D. dissertation).

Ostrom, Elinor (2005). “Unlocking Public Entrepreneurship and Public Economies,” Working Paper DP2005/01, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).

Pellicane, Christina, and John A. Blaho. (2015). “Lessons Learned from Adapting the NSF I-Corps Curriculum to Undergraduate Engineering Student Entrepreneurship Training,” Venture Well.

Schneider, Aaron. (2017). “Social Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship, Collectivism, and Everything in Between: Prototypes and Continuous Dimensions,” Public Administration Review, doi: 10.1111/puar.12635.

Schneider, Mark, and Paul Teske. (1992). “Toward A Theory of the Political Entrepreneur: Evidence from Local Government,” American Political Science Review, 86(3): 737-747.

Siegel, Donald S., David Waldman, and Albert N. Link (2003). “Assessing the Impact of Organizational Practices on the Relative Productivity of University Technology Transfer Offices: An Exploratory Study,” Research Policy, 32(1): 27-48.

Terjesen, Siri (2017). “Social Entrepreneurship amongst Women and Men in the United States,” Office of Advocacy, Small Business Administration: Special Report.

Terjesen, Siri, Niels Bosma, and Erik Stam (2016). “Advancing Public Policy for High-growth, Female, and Social Entrepreneurs,” Public Administration Review, 76

(2), 230–239.

Waddock, Sandra, and James Post. (1991). “Social Entrepreneurs and Catalytic Change,” Public Administration Review, 51(5), 393-401.

Wagner, Richard E. (1966). “Pressure Groups and Political Entrepreneurs: A Review Article,” Public Choice 1: 161-170.

Yu, Junbo, Roger R. Stough, and Peter Nijkamp. (2009). “Governing Technological Entrepreneurship in China and the West.” Public Administration Review, 69(1): 595-600.