AoM PDW: Entrepreneurial Opportunity: Oxygen or Phlogiston?

I’m really sorry I’ll be missing this. There should be more events like this one, where long-standing foundational concepts are provocatively (in a good sense) challenged:

Title: Entrepreneurial Opportunity: The Oxygen or Phlogiston of Entrepreneurship Research? (session #365)

Date & Time: Saturday, August 08, 2015, 12:30:00 PM – 3:00:00 PM

Hotel & Room: Vancouver Convention Centre, Room 012

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Entrepreneurial Opportunity: the Oxygen or Phlogiston of Entrepreneurship Research?

ABSTRACT

Reference to and debate about the notion of entrepreneurial opportunity has grown rapidly in entrepreneurship research in the last 10-15 years (Davidsson, 2015). The central role it has achieved is underlined by the fact that the concept is included in the new domain statement of the Entrepreneurship Division of AoM.

While spurring new research directions, “opportunity” is also an elusive notion. There is no agreement on the essential nature of entrepreneurial opportunities, and even those who subscribe to distinct “paradigms” or “theories” of entrepreneurial opportunities struggle with internal consistency regarding whether such entities fundamentally are individual cognitions, social constructions, or sets of objective, external conditions. Capturing “opportunities” in empirical research is also a major challenge. As a result, many central questions concerning entrepreneurial opportunities remain unanswered. So, should “entrepreneurial opportunity” remain a central building block in entrepreneurship research? Is it the oxygen that can give life and vigor to future entrepreneurship research? Or has it now become more like phlogiston; a once helpful idea that has become dated and instead threatens to stifle further progress? Are there better ways to conceptualize and empirically capture the underlying phenomena?

Continued here:

http://organizationsandmarkets.com/2015/07/07/entrepreneurial-opportunity-the-oxygen-or-phlogiston-of-entrepreneurship-research/

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Economic Exchanges event, Goldsmiths, 17-18 September 2015

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Economic Exchanges

17th-18th September, 2015

Goldsmiths, London

Organisers: Daniel Neyland, Sveta Milyaeva, Vera Ehrenstein

Funded by: ERC project MISTS

At this event, we will ask: What happens when Science and Technology Studies engages with the economic?

Further information on the event including a programme and abstracts can be found here: http://www.marketproblems.com/economic-exchanges-event.html

At the event we will assess what STS work on ‘the economic’ could gain from an exchange with the broader STS community and vice versa. We will discuss the analytic utility of considering the economic in relation to STS research into legal and political formations, notions of embodiment, work on publics, consultation, issue formation and sociotechnical controversies, ideas of expertise, the performative turn, and what it means to move from scientific laboratories to sites of economic innovation.

The event will include four keynote speakers: Franck Cochoy, Sheila Jasanoff, Vincent Lépinay and Fabian Muniesa.

Alongside the keynote presentations will be a number of shorter presentations and discussions involving: Céline Cholez and Pascale Trompette, Joe Deville, Lilliana Doganova, Brice Laurent and Julien Merlin, Véra Ehrenstein, Christian Frankel, José Ossandón and Trine Pallesen, Noortje Marres, Sveta Milyaeva, and Gisa Weszkalnys.

The event is free to attend, but we do require registration for catering (etc). To register please send an e-mail (including any dietary requirements) to: mistsevent@gmail.com


CfP: 6th Organizations, Artifacts & Practices (OAP) workshop, Lisbon, 23-24 June 2016

The topic of this year will be “Materiality and Institutions in Management and Organization Studies:”

http://www.drm.dauphine.fr/fr/assets/components/drm/PDF/CallForPapers_OAP2016.pdf

The workshop will aim at shedding light on the following topics, among others:
The status of artifacts and space in institutional analysis;
Discursive versus material dimensions in institutional analysis;
Materiality and institutional logics;
The material dimension of legitimacy and legitimation;
Visuality and institutional dynamics;
The presence of materiality in the philosophical and sociological sources of neo-institutionalism;
Cross-comparisons of institutionalism and sociomateriality;
Ontologies and institutions;
Ontologies of institutions and institutional dynamics;
Anthropological approaches of institutions and institutional dynamics;
Those interested in participating must submit an extended abstract of no more than 1,000 words on
the EasyChair system (https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=oap2016) by January 29th, 2016. This abstract must outline the applicant’s proposed contribution to the workshop. The proposal must be in .doc/.docx/.rtf format and should contain the author’s/authors’ names as well as their institutional affiliations, email address(es), and postal address(es). Authors will be notified of the committee’s decision by March 2nd, 2016.

PhD STS Advanced Methods training at Cardiff‏

Advanced research methods in Science and Technology Studies (STS): Laboratory Studies

28-30th October 2015, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff Unviersity.

This short course is the first in series of training events, funded by the ESRC, offering advanced methods training relevant to Science and Technology Studies. In contrast to debates around different schools of thought (e.g. Sociology of Scientific Knowledge or Actor Network Theory), STS training tends to pay less attention to methodological issues. This course aims to remedy this, focusing on three different STS-specific methods: Laboratory studies, Interviews with scientists and Imitation Games.

This first course focuses on Laboratory studies, one of the first distinct points where the sociology of science began to develop its own methodological approaches, leading to such classic studies as Laboratory Life (Latour and Woolgar) or Changing Order (Collins).

Drawing on the extensive experience in ethnographic and qualitative methods at the Cardiff School of Social Science, this course will cover a theoretical component, contrasting the varying methodological positions underpinning classic laboratory studies (such as ‘naïve observation’ and ‘informed observation’) as well as a practical element, spending time carrying out observations in a lab. A key aspect of the course will be encourage students to develop ideas about those sites in which they plan to carry out their research.

Course staff include: Professor Harry Collins

                Professor Adam Hedgecoe

                Dr. Jamie Lewis

The course is suitable for PhD students and more experienced researchers.

This course is free of charge and travel bursaries are available for non-Wales DTC PhD students.

To reserve a place on this course, please contact Adam Hedgecoe <hedgecoeam@cardiff.ac.uk>


CfP for entrepreneurship and innovation tracks at IFKAD 2015

There are a number of entrepreneurship and innovation related tracks (and one on economic and financial networks) at the forthcoming 10th International Forum on Knowledge Asset Dynamics (IFKAD) 2015, to be held in Bari, Italy, 10-12 June 2015, including:

  1. Culture, Innovation and Entrepreneurship: challenges in the creative industries 
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  2. Project and Knowledge Management, a shared approach, to improve the enterprise innovation 
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  3. Culture, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in tertiary higher education: connecting the knowledge dots 
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  4. Culture, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in a gendered perspective 
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  5. Innovation networks, clusters and ecosystems: managing the dynamics of intangible assets in open innovation contexts 
    see more information » 
  6. Managing Knowledge for Innovation: the role of Culture and Cultural Diversities 
    see more information » 
  7. Why bother about culture in SMEs and micro firms? Innovation, culture and entrepreneurial dynamics in regional development 
    see more information » 
  8. Places and Spaces for Value Creation by Organizations in Cities: The Past as Short-Cut to the Future 
    see more information » 
  9. Is bigger always better? Examining the value and needs of independent freelancers and micro businesses as a key element in the global creative and cultural sector 
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  10. Collective Intelligence Systems for Technology Entrepreneurship 
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  11. Creativity and innovative mindset for entrepreneurship: enabling factors, processes and environment 
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  12. Sustainability as a driver for different forms of innovation 
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  13. Crossing the language and cultural barriers: Innovative approaches to blending academic and entrepreneurial knowledge 
    see more information » 
  14. Innovation and cultural entrepreneurship – the core of a knowledge society 
    see more information » 
  15. Innovation Ecosystems: concepts, models, and knowledge practices 
    see more information »
  16. Innovations in corporate disclosure 
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  17. Sustainability entrepreneurship – the role of culture in searching for innovation opportunities 
    see more information »
  18. Exploring the Drivers of Complexity in Economic and Financial Networks: Models and Empirics 
    see more information » 
  19. Knowledge, Cooperation and Innovation in the Wine Sector 
    see more information » 
  20. Business Models Innovation in Creative and Cultural Organizations 
    see more information »

CfP: Organization Science Special Issue on Routine Dynamics

This call for papers might be of interest to the social study of entrepreneurship, insofar as the relationship between routines and the breaking of routines is a core feature of the Schumpeterian definition of entrepreneurship as innovation, and routines can be thought of as the effects of collective, heterogeneous mechanisms.

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Routine Dynamics: Exploring Sources of Stability and Change in Organizations, Organization Science

Editors:

  • Luciana D’Adderio, University of Edinburgh
  • Martha S. Feldman, University of California, Irvine
  • Nathalie Lazaric, University of Nice, Sophia Antipolis
  • Brian T. Pentland, Michigan State University

Submission Deadline: September 1, 2013

Also, the organisational routines literature has been developing an increasing interest in recent years in the role of artefacts in routines and the performativity of routines. See some relevant snippets below:

Actants and artifacts. What is the role of artifacts (material and immaterial), such as standard operating procedures, classifications, computer systems, and so on in the production and reproduction of routines? What is the role of artifacts as intermediaries and mediators (D’Adderio 2008, 2011) in the performance of routines? And how do they interact with the ostensive and the performative aspects? More generally, how are networks of action related to networks of actants (human and non-human, material and non-material)? How do different configurations—or sociomaterial entanglements—of actors and actants influence and shape routines?

Recombinations and mashups. Some argue that routines evolve through variation, selection and retention, but what is the role of recombination (e.g., recombining chunks of routines to create a new routine) and mashups (e.g., combining in ways not defined by predetermined chunks) in routine dynamics? When are recombination and mashups possible? Is there any evidence that they actually occur? What factors facilitate or limit recombination and/or mashups?

Performation. Routines are becoming increasingly distributed across projects and organizations. How do routines spread over time and space? How do the ostensive aspects and/or the formal or informal descriptions of a practice become instantiated at different points in time and across different locales? How are different spatial or temporal instantiations/enactments of the routine coordinated? What is the role of artifacts in this coordination?

Generativity and novelty. Some routinized processes (e.g., project management routines) are capable of producing significantly different substantive results each time they are performed. For example, an architectural firm may use a recognizable, repetitive process for designing buildings, yet each design is different. Other routines are focused on producing exactly the same result every time. What governs this difference? Are there limits to the generative power of routines? Can routines generate other routines in this manner? What is the role of formal descriptions of routines (such as standards or “best” practices) and templates (actual examples) in guiding and shaping actions in routines? At what point, and in which circumstances, does innovation/adaptation erase the value of the template or model? And what implications should we expect for innovation and adaptation when formal routines and models become embedded into artifacts?


CfP: Workshop on Social Capital and Entrepreneurship

Social Capital and Entrepreneurship Workshop at CSCW 2013

At the 16th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work
February 23-27 in San Antonio, Texas, USA.

There is a strong relationship between social capital and entrepreneurship. Yet we know little of how groups across cultures and socio-technical configurations interact and collaborate online to transform innovation into commercial and social ventures.

This one day workshop will explore, through different perspectives, the challenges for CSCW in supporting the development of social capital for entrepreneurship, highlighting the gaps and opportunities for designers.

A key part of the agenda for this workshop is to form understandings of the formation of social capital and entrepreneurship activities in contrasting cultures and socio-technical configurations.

We hope to foster dialogue between academics in different disciplines interested in interdisciplinary research in social capital, entrepreneurship and CSCW.