In 1994, soon after becoming the associate editor of the Journal of Business Venturing S. Venkataraman (Venkat) called on fellow members of the “invisible college” of entrepreneurship researchers to clarify what they could offer the larger world of business scholarship. Their young field would survive only if they defined its boundaries, he wrote. And the JBV would play a crucial role, serving as “the voice of a field with a distinctive and useful world view rather than as a mere outpost for the more established of our siblings in the field of business management.”
The history of the JBV is inextricably linked to that of entrepreneurship scholarship. At the center of both narratives is Venkat, the MasterCard Professor of Business Administration at the Darden School, who became involved with the journal in 1989, just three years after its founding, and served as editor-in-chief from 1995 to 2009. Throughout, he oversaw a publication that helped to transform an invisible college into a robust global community and simultaneously delineated and broadened the field’s domain.
Today the JBV, which has been supported by the Batten Institute since 1998 (when the Institute was still the Batten Center), is considered the premier academic journal in the now vibrant field and ranks in the top 15 for overall management impact. The bimonthly journal, supported since its founding by the publisher Elsevier, has a diverse base of subscribers and contributors, and lists on its masthead section editors in ten fields. The multiplicity of disciplines and methodologies that now fall under the umbrella of entrepreneurship scholarship, and are represented in the pages of the JBV, is a large part of Venkat’s legacy. “Entrepreneurship is about variety,” he said. “Entrepreneurship introduces variation into society. The journal needed to reflect that.”
Professor Dean A. Shepherd of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University serves as the third editor-in-chief and the Managing Editor is Sarasa Subramony, Research Assistant, at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.
Researchers and scholars of entrepreneurship are invited to review the JBV's ongoing call for submissions.
For more about the history of the Journal, see, "Establishing a Journal, Building a Field."