Academic journal article Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship

Message from the Special Issue Editor

Academic journal article Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship

Message from the Special Issue Editor

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Welcome to the annual special issue for the Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurs hip. This special issue has as its focus Kaleidoscope Entrepreneurship. Two of our authors, Lisa Mainiero and Sherry Sullivan, came up with the idea of the kaleidoscope career model. They noticed that men and women can alter their career patterns by changing other aspects of their lives. Just as the view through a kaleidoscope changes as one part moves, so too do individual careers and lives change as other parts are altered. It is a more holistic and integrated way of looking at careers - whether traditional or entrepreneurial. With this special issue we hope to take a more holistic and integrated look at topics within entrepreneurship. Every set of authors has been challenged to think of their research topics in terms of the kaleidoscope model and Kaleidoscope Entrepreneurship.

We begin the issue with a paper by Sherry Sullivan, Monica Forret, Lisa Mainiero, and Siri Terjesen entitled "What Motivates Entrepreneurs? An Exploratory Study of the Kaleidoscope Career Model and Entrepreneurship," in which they examine the concept of Kaleidoscope careers and empirically compare entrepreneurs to non-entrepreneurs. Drs Sullivan and Mainiero with their book The Opt-Out Revolt: Why people are leaving companies to create kaleidoscope careers created the construct of kaleidoscope careers.

Next, Jeff Kaufman, Pol Herrmann, and Howard Van Auken examine the impact of bankruptcy laws on entrepreneurial decisions in their article, "The Impact of Bankruptcy Laws on the Entrepreneurial Decision: Are Entrepreneurs Even Aware?" The authors ask the question "are entrepreneurs aware of federal bankruptcy laws that might protect some of their wealth should a new venture prove to not be successful?" They find that many entrepreneurs do not take these laws into account when starting a business.

The third article, "The Effects of Policy Frameworks and Culture on the Regulation of Entrepreneurial Entry," by George Puia and Bill Minnis examines the effects of policy frameworks and culture on the regulation of entrepreneurial entry. …

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