Introducing the Journal of the International Council for Small Business (JICSB)

April 11, 2019

Mission Statement:

The mission of JICSB is to promote and share knowledge, accumulated through observation, research and experimentation of passionate researchers, educators, policy-makers, and business owners, that will elevate micro-, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to have a more positive impact on their local communities and on their stakeholders. Through the dissemination of innovative theoretical and impactful practical insights, JICSB can help the sustainability and possible growth of these vital organizations that form the foundation and backbone of economies and human lives. Submissions to JICSB will explore the intersection of research, policy, and practice to develop and test knowledge-based claims about the positive and impactful role of MSMEs.

ICSB invites experts to develop and test empirically new Entrepreneurship and MSMEs theory; significantly challenge or clarify existing theory; synthesize recent advances and ideas into fresh, if not entirely new theory, application of theory; initiate a search for the new theory by identifying and delineating a novel theoretical or practical problem; or apply theory to advance performance and sustainability of MSMEs. JICSB will be focused both on the betterment of humanity and the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The contributions of JICSB articles often are grounded in “normal social science disciplines” of economics, psychology, sociology, or social psychology as well as nontraditional perspectives, such as the humanities. JICSB will accept qualitative and quantitative research that does not exceed 10 pages in length or approved by the editor. JICSB will utilize social media and innovative platforms to share knowledge. Authors are required to present no longer than 2-minute video summaries of each submission to be cataloged on the ICSB website.

Scope of JICSB:

Manuscripts considered for JICSB should address theory, policy formulation and implementation, MSME practice, education and training, and research issues in a rigorous way using qualitative or quantitative techniques, or a combination of these techniques. 

JICSB editors will expect that authors include a section in their article that answers the questions:

  • “So Why?” – Which are the positive impacts of applying a new theory or model to solve practical MSME problems
  • “So what?” – What are the implications of the research or analysis on policy implementation and/or MSME performance?
  • “So how?” – How we can extend the results to different contexts.

Select topics of interest to JICSB readers include:

  • Micro, Small, and Medium Sized Enterprises (MSMEs)
  • United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to MSMEs
  • Government MSME Policy and Economics
  • MSME Ecosystems
  • MSME Finance
  • Financing for Economic Development and SDGs
  • Humane Entrepreneurship
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship and MSME Education
  • MSME Country Spotlight
  • MSMEs and Technology
  • MSMEs and Innovation
  • MSMEs and Family and Founder Owned Enterprises
  • MSMEs and Women and Minority Owned Enterprises
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