Executive Editor's Comments
D. Ray Bagby
Twenty-five years ago when this journal began publication as the American Journal of Small Business, there was only one other English language publication in the field, the Journal of Small Business Management. The field was defined as small business because words like entrepreneur and entrepreneurship were used infrequently in those days. When I became Executive Editor in 1984 two other journals were on the scene, the Journal of Small Business--Canada and the International Small Business Journal. The Journal of Business Venturing was on the "drawing board" and would appear a year later. Today there are estimates of more than twenty journals serving the field, now referred to as entrepreneurship.
In 1984 there were only a handful of schools offering entrepreneurship programs (major, emphasis or concentration) while only a few more offered a class in entrepreneurship. Today those numbers are increased dramatically. The growth in the number of endowed positions in the field and the number of centers devoted to entrepreneurship has been phenomenal as well. …