AoM 2011: Critical Perspectives in Entrepreneurship and Urban Development

I just received this interesting invitation to the AoM 2011 that mix entrepreneurship (from a critical point of view) with studies of Urban Development. What a mix!

Here the complete call:

Dear Friends and Colleagues Critters,
We are kindly inviting you to participate in our Panel Symposium at this year’s AoM in San Antonio. This panel symposium aims to challenge existing theories and approaches to urban development available in the mainstream entrepreneurship field through critical perspectives. By highlighting different reasons, aims and practices based on which diverse individuals, groups and communities engage in entrepreneuring activities for the purpose of urban development, we challenge the underlying economic assumptions guiding entrepreneurship theory and research. To this effect, our symposium aims to promote discussion around entrepreneurship as social change by focusing on its sociocultural, political, and economic drivers. The panel participants will focus specifically on issues such as food safety and urban activism, immigrant and transnational links in urban development, indigenous entrepreneurship in urban contexts, individual choice in social change for urban development, and questions around who reaps the benefits of urban development. Our goal is to foster conversation around these topics as well as discuss how critical perspectives can be utilized to redirect theorizing and research in the entrepreneurship field.
See below for a  session guideline with the different issues to be discussed. 
Arturo E. Osorio & Banu Ozkazanc-Pan

Program Session #: 1581 | Submission: 16493 | Sponsor(s): (ENT)
Scheduled: Tuesday, Aug 16 2011 3:00PM - 4:30PM at San Antonio Convention Center in Room 007 C
Organizer: Banu Ozkazanc-Pan; U. of Massachusetts, Boston 
Organizer: Arturo E Osorio; Rutgers U., Newark 
Panelist: Daniel Hjorth; Copenhagen Business School 
Panelist: Christopher Wheat; Rutgers U., Newark 
Panelist: Deirdre Tedmanson; U. of South Australia 
Panelist: Caroline Essers; Nijmegen U.
1) General Introduction
2) First set of panelists: Different communities, entrepreneurship, and urban development
a) Deirdre Tedmanson: Indigenous Non-economic driven entrepreneurship development
b) Banu Özkazanç-Pan: Exploration of the intersections of globalization, immigration, and entrepreneuring to demonstrate transnational connections and urban development
c) Christopher Wheat: Accrual of benefits from urban spaces: opportunities for outsiders or locals
3) Second set of panelists: Urban entrepreneurship: Different aims and outcomes
a) Daniel Hjorth: Connecting entrepreneurship with the social in the context of urban development to achieve social transformation
b) Arturo E. Osorio: The role of natural science scientists as urban entrepreneurs solving day-to-day urban problems
4) Q&A
5) Conclusions
Search Terms: Critical perspective, Urban development, Social change