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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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)

Entrepreneurial Learning and Education – Research Seminar

Entrepreneurial learning is a field that has emerged at the intersection of entrepreneurship studies and organisational learning in the past decade. I’ve become interested in this area because my current research is partly a study of entrepreneurial peer-learning groups. While the majority of this literature considers entrepreneurial learning as a cognitive activity (see my recent literature review), there have also been attempts in recent years to consider the role of artefacts in the organisational learning of small firms, such as Jones, O., Macpherson, A., et al. (2010) “Learning in Owner-Managed Small Firms: Mediating Artefacts and Strategic Space” and Macpherson, A., Kofinas, A., et al. (2010) “Making Sense of Mediated Learning: Cases from Small Firms.”

The Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group at the British Academy of Management is putting on a research seminar entitled “Entrepreneurial Learning and Education: From Theory to Practice,” with contributions, among others, by the above-mentioned Ossie Jones, so  the above topic of the role of objects in learning is likely to come up. I’m planning to go to this one. Here are the details:

Entrepreneurial learning and education are vital enablers for enterprise and innovation. The need for universities to teach students how to be entrepreneurial, seize opportunities, and turn ideas into action is at the top of national education agenda. There is also an increasing interest in scholarly research on entrepreneurial learning in the past decade. Understanding what and how entrepreneurs learn not only helps to advance entrepreneurship as a field, but also helps us to reflect on entrepreneurial education. This seminar will seek to identify themes of past research and challenges for the future. It will also engage in the discussion and debate on how to link entrepreneurship theory with practice and experience, as well as the role of academics in entrepreneurship education.

27th May 2011, 1.30pm-5.10pm, University of Westminster, London