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 
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  6. Managing Knowledge for Innovation: the role of Culture and Cultural Diversities 
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  7. Why bother about culture in SMEs and micro firms? Innovation, culture and entrepreneurial dynamics in regional development 
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  8. Places and Spaces for Value Creation by Organizations in Cities: The Past as Short-Cut to the Future 
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  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 
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  14. Innovation and cultural entrepreneurship – the core of a knowledge society 
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  15. Innovation Ecosystems: concepts, models, and knowledge practices 
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  16. Innovations in corporate disclosure 
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  17. Sustainability entrepreneurship – the role of culture in searching for innovation opportunities 
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  18. Exploring the Drivers of Complexity in Economic and Financial Networks: Models and Empirics 
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  19. Knowledge, Cooperation and Innovation in the Wine Sector 
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  20. Business Models Innovation in Creative and Cultural Organizations 
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International Social Innovation Research Conference 2012

International Social Innovation Research Conference 2012

12-14 September 2012, University of Birmingham

Each year ISIRC brings together the international academic community focusing on social entrepreneurship, enterprise and innovation. This year ISIRC has received paper submissions from six continents and more than 30 countries. Confirmed plenary speakers include:

  • Dennis Young, Georgia State University: The State of Theory and Research on Social Enterprise.
  • Alex Nicholls, Oxford University: The Politics of Social Innovation: An International Comparison.
  • Graham Smith, University of Southampton: Associative Democracy and the Social Economy: Exploring the Regulatory Challenge.
  • Pascal Dey, St Gallen University: Social Enterprise in the United Kingdom Nonprofit Sector: A Multifaceted Relation.
  • Paul Tracey, Cambridge University: Ethnography as method for the study of social entrepreneurship
  • MariaLaura di Domenico: TBC

Further information and details of how to book can be found on the conference website:

ISBE Workshop: Entrepreneurial Learning in Organisations

ISBE Entrepreneurial Learning in Organisations Workshop, Monday 25th June 2012,  Manchester Metropolitan University Business School. Apply here (cost: Cost: £70 – ISBE member; £90 – Non-member).

This workshop launches a new ISBE Special Interest Group (SIG), which focuses on understanding and seeking insights into entrepreneurial learning with an organisational context. The key focus of the group will be on how entrepreneurial learning happens within organisations, key factors and influences, whether in SMEs or in larger organisations.

The current governmental focus on growth assumes that small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) will drive the economy forward; but how do business owners develop entrepreneurial skills to grow their companies? In larger and in third sector organisations, how do managers develop entrepreneurial approaches to innovate in changing economic times? If individuals go through a process of ‘becoming’ in developing as entrepreneurs, how does learning form part of this process?

This first workshop welcomes those studying aspects of entrepreneurial learning in organisations, with travel bursaries for 6 PhD students exploring related areas (please apply early for these!). The focus of the meeting will be to reflect on areas of current and future research in this space in our brand new Business School.

Possible areas of interest might include, but are not limited to:

• What is entrepreneurial learning?
• How entrepreneurs learn within their organisations,
• Impacts on organisations of entrepreneurial learning; do organisations learn to be entrepreneurial?
• SME owners and organisational managers – how can they encourage entrepreneurial learning in their firms?
• Entrepreneurial learning – organisation wide or individual progression?
• Learning in the process of business failure and enterprise renaissance
• Growth and entrepreneurial learning; gazelles – nurture or nature?
• Knowledge enactment as part of entrepreneurial learning
• Entrepreneurial learning, SME development and government policy
• Research methodologies and methods to understand entrepreneurial learning
• Impacts on SME education and training of entrepreneurial learning research


10am- Registration and coffee

10.30am- Welcome and Introduction (Professor Lynn Martin)

10.40am- ‘How do entrepreneurs learn and share learning? (Professor David Rae)

11.10am- Practitioner perspective about entrepreneurial learning in organisations (John Leach, Winning Pitch)

11.40am- Coffee

11.50am- Discussion within small groups (based on delegates’ specified areas of interest)

12.20pm- Group feedback and discussion (Facilitated by Professor Pauric McGowan)

12.45pm- Lunch

1.30pm- Session with leaders of small businesses (facilitated by Jonathan Lawson)

2.15pm- Coffee

2.20pm- Coping with resource constraints and uncertainty: purposeful entrepreneurial learning (Professor Ossie Jones)

2.40pm- Discussion in small groups: What have we learned?
• Exploring common views and gaps
• How do we take this forward?

2.55pm- Close (Professor Pauric McGowan)

CfP: Creating Opportunities through Innovation

The deadline for ISBE 2012 Conference Abstract submission has been extended to Monday April 23rd.

Creating Opportunities through Innovation: Local Energy, Global Vision

DUBLIN, Ireland. 7th-8th November 2012

Call for papers

We invite you to submit an abstract and share your research, thinking and findings. We welcome Academic Research Papers (either refereed or working), Practitioner Papers and Case Studies for presentation at the conference in the following tracks:

·         Business Creation, Resource Acquisition & Business Closure

·         Business Support Policy and Practice

·         Creative Industries Entrepreneurship

·         Critical Perspectives on Entrepreneurship

·         Entrepreneurial Learning in Organisations

·         Enterprise Education

·         Entrepreneurship in Minority Groups

·         Family Business

·         Finance, Venture Capital, Taxation & Regulation

·         Gender and Enterprise

·         ICT, IT and E-Business in the Small Firm Sector

·         International Entrepreneurship

·         Networks, Innovation and Resource Acquisition

·         Rural Enterprise

·         Science and Technology

·         Social, Environmental and Ethical Enterprise

2nd EIASM Market Studies Workshop

All roads lead to Rome, and I suspect that social studies of entrepreneurship also lead to market studies. Therefore readers might be interested in this call for papers for the 2nd EIASM Interdisciplinary Market Studies Workshop in Howth near Dublin, Ireland, June 7-8, 2012. The deadline for a max. 3 page abstract is 27 January 2012. Invited guests will be professors Robin Wensley (Warwick, UK) and David Stark (Columbia, US). Apply here. More information here.

We particularly welcome in depth empirical studies of marketization processes in new areas and of major changes in existing markets. These settings provide excellent opportunities for reflection regarding the ordering devices, objects, models, representations, and tools that are set up and employed to propagate certain market forms over others, as well as the morality and values that underpin those instruments. In short, this workshop will revolve around the major questions of:

• What are the limits of market models and their realization?
• What practices are involved in (dis)ordering markets?
• What kinds of economic orders (markets or others) result from these efforts?
• What are the ‘civilizing’ effects of these orders, on markets, market actors and societies at large?
• What relationships exist between values realized in markets (for instance via the price mechanism) and the values underlying the marketization effort?
• What moral orders are used to justify marketization efforts?

Organising committee: Susi Geiger, University College Dublin, Debbie Harrison, BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo Hans Kjellberg, Stockholm School of Economics  and Alexandre Mallard, Ecole des Mines ParisTech

Workshop on qualitative entrepreneurship research

Traditionally theories of entrepreneurship have been mostly based on either quantitative research or hypothetical cases. The quantitative approaches either take the start-up as a black box and look at patterns of new venture formation in the economy as a whole or describe some aspects of starting up and small business management on the basis of information extracted by the means of a survey from a sample of entrepreneurs. However, in the last couple of decades qualitative research has been gaining ground in entrepreneurship studies as well, and this is an area where actor-network theory with its ethnographic and anthropological sensibilities could make some further contributions. Hence the EIASM workshop below might be of interest to our readers.


Brussels, 8-9 December 2011

In this second workshop of qualitative studies on in-depth studies on entrepreneurship we welcome papers that deal with entrepreneurship and small-business management and use qualitative research methodology. Especially papers with some methodological appraisal and use of innovative research approaches are in focus.

Over the past 15-20 years business economics research has experienced a rise in approaches labeled qualitative. This is the case at least in the Nordic countries and elsewhere in Europe. Many of these studies share similar challenges and opportunities: the position of the researcher in the research process, the special features of data gathering and, even more importantly, the analysis and interpretations of the data in the search for new understanding and contributions to the field. Positioning oneself as a researcher in the study, sometimes being part of field one studies himself/herself, as well as various ethical considerations are everyday life questions are faced by researchers during the process of research.

The production of knowledge and scientific “facts” has lately gained growing attention in scientific discussions and also in the study of enterprising and small business. From one point of angle, studying business and enterprises this even more apt to this pondering, because enterprises cannot be perceived directly, experienced as such, but only through theory and conceptualizations. The many lenses of seeing organizations are evident and have a profound impact on how we approach them, how we form the study design and not at least, which kind of study results we gain.

The whole field of organizations study is therefore highly determined by earlier knowledge, metaphors and concepts. Moreover, the position of the researcher in the study process is focused, and the whole process where the studies get done are seen in the vain of complex interactional relations where the subject of the research in fact gets done, and is not there ‘as such’. These tendencies open up room for researchers, who use qualitative approach, especially in-depth studies and cases as an empirical basis of their investigations.

Because qualitative studies do not usually start from a strict theory or model, reflexivity on the researcher’s part is required from the very beginning. The qualitative approach has sometimes been criticized for not being able to add to the knowledge in the studied field and ending up with isolated bits of knowledge and pieces of understanding. Formost it is easy to reply to these doubts. For instance we can say that the aim of this research usually is to outline contextual knowledge and overrid the requirements of generalizations, and that the subjectivity of the researcher is not a threat but a necessary starting point for a good social science based analysis. However, self-reflection is needed also in using qualitative research methodology and some of the critics should be taken seriously. For instance, without any methodological knowledge the researcher might be attracted to use qualitative research and do its data analysis in naïve ways. Questioning one’s own knowledge creation basics is part of good research.

In many US journals of management the majority of work is done using the quantitative approach, but more and more take in also qualitative good research papers. As well there is a growing number of journals that are based on qualitative research. Moreover, the polarity of quantitative and qualitative does not exist in a pure form but many ways is a simplification. This has always been the tradition in business case studies, which use several kinds of data and its analysis, qualitative as well as quantitative. The main aim is to understand the ‘case’ however it is restricted, and it is not just the use or non-use of numbers that differentiates research. The whole research process is important, starting from covering data collection, and ending to analysis and interpretation using also earlier theory.


We invite papers in the broad field of in-depth studies on entrepreneurship and small-business management. Themes include:

  • Findings of studies on entrepreneurship and small—business management using qualitative research methodology
  • Innovative approaches in qualitative research
  • In-depth studies and mixed methods
  • How to gain good theory out of qualitative in-depth studies? The challenge of theory building
  • Position of the researcher in the research process
  • Reflexivity and the production of the research subject
  • Subjectivity, rich data and analysis
  • The research community and the legitimization process of the study
  • Companies as partners: challenge and ethical questions
  • Using in-depth interviews
  • Diversity aspects: gender, ethnicity, age, culture as a basis of diversity
  • Female managers as leaders in small business
  • Cultures of companies as a in-depth study object
  • Triangulation and other sources for reliability
  • Study process: Thoughts on data collection, analysis, interpretation, and conclusions

To present a paper authors should submit a 2 page abstract that will be refereed by October 1 , 2011

Author notification will be sent before 15 October, 2011

Deadline for full papers is 18 November, 2011


  • Iiris AALTIO, Jyväskylä University and Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland
  • Elisabeth SUNDIN, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Tarja RÖMER-PAAKKANEN, Jyväskylä University, Finland

More information on how to submit is here.

Conference on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and SMEs

The 1st International Conference in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and SMEs on 3rd and 4th of November 2011 at the Ecole de Management de Normandie, Caen, France will have a track that might be interesting to researchers of the social aspects of entrepreneurship. It’s the one called “Entrepreneurial organizing: Projects and processes” [PDF].

In this stream we will focus our attention on studies of how entrepreneurship is organized in practice. Our primary interest is neither in individual entrepreneurs nor in sociocultural settings, but rather how entrepreneurial work are expressed on a day-to-day basis in sociocultural settings.


Theoretically, we build this upon a process ontology implying a view of entrepreneurship as something constantly in emergence through series of social events. It is not a predictable and controllable series of events, however, it is rather a ‘never ending story’ of interactions that may take any imaginable or un-imaginable direction.


A core metaphor in the study of entrepreneurial processes is the notion of projects, i.e. entrepreneurial processes seen as time-limited, team-enacted series of events. What we want is to be able to view entrepreneurial processes as discontinuous, discernible and disaggregated series of events – as co-constructed by involved actors as limited in time, scope and social involvement.


Consequently, one important aspect of our suggested perspective is to study entrepreneurship as temporary organising processes.


Based on this, we invite papers relating to entrepreneurship in terms of processes, projects or organizing. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Empirical studies of innovative projects
  • Teamwork in entrepreneurial settings
  • Critical Management Theory perspectives on entrepreneurial organizing – The planning – creativity dilemma in entrepreneurial projects
  • Entrepreneurial leadership in interaction
  • Gendered practices of entrepreneurship and project

Even the term “actor network” gets a mention somewhere in there…