Entrepreneurship is becoming increasingly important as a scholarly field. Small Business Economics provides an invaluable forum for research and scholarship focusing on the role of entrepreneurship and small business. The journal has a broad scope and focuses on multiple dimensions of entrepreneurship, including entrepreneurs' characteristics, new ventures and innovation, firms' life cycles; as well as the role played by institutions and public policies within local, regional, national and international contexts. Small Business Economics publishes theoretical, empirical, and conceptual papers and encourages interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research from a broad spectrum of disciplines and related fields, including economics, finance, management, psychology, regional studies, sociology and strategy.
Founded and edited by Indiana University's David B. Audretsch and the University of Baltimore's Zoltan Acs, Small Business Economics: An International Journal has risen to become one of the two important academic journals focusing on entrepreneurship to business schools.
In "Many Business Schools Add Classes on Entrepreneurship" the Chronicle of Higher Education (January 24, 1997) concludes that "entrepreneurship is an interdisciplinary field which doesn't lend itself to narrow scholarly research ... That appears to be changing, however. More academic journals focusing on entrepreneurship are being started, such as ... the journal of Small Business Economics."
Small Business Economics has become a premier academic journal since it was founded to focus on entrepreneurship and small business. Small Business Economics enjoys high international exposure and has published the leading state-of-the-art research spanning a number of business and management disciplines as well as social science fields.