Call for Papers: Intrapreneurial universities in digital times - new ways of thinking and future challenges

November 4, 2021

Call for Papers of the Technovation journal

This special issue is seeking novel research exploring various forms of intrapreneurial initiatives in research, education, knowledge transfer, and societal collaboration in general. This special issue strives to include contributions with varying research designs and welcomes research based on case studies as well as research from a quantitative viewpoint.

For this special issue, we envision articles possibly related to (but not necessarily limited to) any of the following questions:

● What characterizes the discovery and exploitation of opportunities in a university intrapreneurial process?

● How might digitization facilitate the exploration of intrapreneurial opportunities within universities?

● What possible role can digitalization have in intrapreneurial universities?

● What (de)motivates academics to behave intrapreneurially?

● Why are the intrapreneurial activities occurring on both the individual and the organizational

levels in the academic context?

● What internal and external facilitators are needed to foster intrapreneurial processes in the

academic context?

● What constitutes the transition from academic research to the transfer of knowledge in an

intrapreneurial process?

● What are the elements, actors, and networks in the university intrapreneurial ecosystem?

● Is there an influence of different disciplines in intrapreneurial behavior?

● What intermediary roles in the academic context affect intrapreneurial processes?

● How have intrapreneurial processes within universities been altered or enabled by


● What are success factors of incubators and accelerators in university intrapreneurial


● How can universities harness intrapreneurial activity for their strategic benefit using digital technologies?

We invite submissions of case studies, theoretical papers, and empirical papers. We do not have specific theoretical or methodological preferences. We welcome high-quality, qualitative, and quantitative papers, as well as papers using mixed methods.


Proposed timeline including suggested events or actions to attract suitable papers:

  • Call for papers 15th of October 2021
  • Submission start 15th of January 2022
  • Submission deadline 15th of October 2022
  • Expected date of publication online by the end of 2023


Guest editors:

Magnus Klofsten (corresponding author)

Linköping University, Helix Competence Centre & PIE, Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping, Sweden,

Alexander Brem

Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Science, University of Stuttgart, Germany,

Maribel Guerrero

Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University (U.K.), and School of Business and Economics, Universidad del Desarrollo (Chile),

David Urbano

Department of Business and Centre for Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation Research (CREIS), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain,

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