Call for Chapters: Creative (and cultural) entrepreneurship in the 21st century

Creative (and cultural) entrepreneurship in the 21st century

Edited by Inge Hill, Paul Jones, Stephen Dobson, Sara Elias
Corresponding lead editor: Dr Inge Hill,

The term “Creative industries” subsumes a wide range of entrepreneurs, from non-profit ones running museums, to fashion and IT designers, craft and artisan entrepreneurs, gallery owners, architects to game creators. Increasingly, there has been more interest in creative industries by policy makers and those who start these businesses as to how they create, sustain and market their services and products and how contexts influence their ‘doing business’.  Scholarly attention to the creative (and cultural) industries has also grown in recent years, along with a recognition that they provide fruitful venues for studying, for example, entrepreneurial processes of novelty (co-)creation. Their significant role in economic development and growth of regions is well documented.

The aim of this book is to take a fresh look at these businesses, the processes leading to their formation and developments and their founders. Creative and cultural industries are abundant in all countries and nations and the biggest contributors to economies for the last two decades pre-Covid 19. For this reason, knowing more about all subsectors and their entrepreneurial ventures, their development steps and needs is of interest to not only entrepreneurship and organization studies scholars, but also practising creative entrepreneurs, policy makers and creative industry networks.

More importantly, as a result of the various lockdowns, new strategies and business models have emerged. Business strategies were changed, new businesses started and new business channels developed. All these developments indicate that it is the right time to research creative industry entrepreneurship to gain insights into recent developments, changes and successes to gain a more nuanced understandings of how creative businesses change and develop in various contexts. Contexts refers to economic, spatial, social, technological, time-related, institutional and other settings.

We invite submissions that advance our understanding of creative (and cultural) entrepreneurship, either theoretically or empirically, and we encourage submissions from a wide range of theoretical approaches. Significantly, we emphasise the importance of making the theoretical approach explicit by clarifying what specific gaps are addressed or problematizing the extant literature. We also invite critical assessments of the usefulness of established – and perhaps even taken-for-granted – frameworks in the entrepreneurship literature (e.g., entrepreneurial orientation, innovation management, market entry mode: pioneer vs fast follower strategy) and how these may (or may not) apply to or help develop a deeper understanding of the creative and cultural industries.

Suggestions for topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Rural creative industries
  • Heritage craft entrepreneurs
  • Game creators and architects as entrepreneurs
  • Independent museums and libraries
  • Social creative networks and associations and their developments
  • Microclusters of creative entrepreneurs and their emergence
  • Use of social media / digitisation during the lockdown induced by COVID-19
  • Innovation in creative industry entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial imagination as a key driver of novelty generation by creative and cultural entrepreneurs
  • Artistic and cultural practices in the context of indigenous entrepreneurship
  • Creative and cultural entrepreneurial efforts in the context of newcomer entrepreneurship
  • (Re)building resilience in the creative and cultural industries, either during or post- COVID-19, or both
  • Entrepreneurial performance and competition within the creative and cultural industries
  • Entrepreneurship-specific frameworks for strategic practices within the creative and cultural industries
  • Policies for the creative industries
  • Creative placemaking
  • Business support for the creative industries.

We are also interested in practitioner articles, highlighting from a government perspective, insights into this stakeholder viewpoint and examples of good and best practice.


Abstracts and acceptance:

Submission deadline for abstracts of around 600 words by 31-12-21.

We send acceptance letters to authors by Jan 20, 2022.

Book chapters

Final chapters of up to 6000 words (including references) need to be sent to us by 15-4-22.

Revised book chapters need to reach us by May 15, 2022.

Book publication is most likely in 1/23.

For queries please contact all editors or Dr Inge Hill on .