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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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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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.


‘Anyone can be an entrepreneur’

In a BBC article today, Richard Reed, one of the founders of Innocent Drinks, is quoted on what it takes to become an entrepreneur (How to become your own boss):

Anyone, says Reed, could go home today, and for instance, make some jam and start selling it.

Earlier in the article,

“If you have ever organised a wedding or a holiday for a group of friends you have got what it takes to set up a business”,  says Reed, who founded his company in 1998 with two friends from Cambridge University.

But later on he reveals

At the age of four my mum found me trying to sell jam jars with rose petals in as perfume for 2p to my neighbours. Aged seven I was going round cleaning their windows. At age 11, I was buying Smurf stickers and reselling them in schools.

This revelation somewhat undermines his argument that anyone can become an entrepreneur, as clearly he wasn’t just anyone then. Most kids don’t go around selling stuff at the age of four and then end up at Cambridge. On the basis of this biographical evidence one would be more likely to conclude that entrepreneurial capability is either innate (Richard had it at the age of 4 already) or that it is the result of one’s environment in childhood, such as specific socio-economic circumstances, existing socio-technical networks or specific incidents that shaped the child’s psyche and social skills.

Seeing this then makes me wonder, what compels a BBC journalist to write such an article about entrepreneurship? What’s the motivation here? As I take a closer look I realise that the article is meant to promote a new BBC series, Be Your Own Boss, which seems like a reality show in the footsteps of the Dragons’ Den and The Apprentice. As part of the drive to promote the show and its stars and makers,  it obviously makes sense to put out statements like “anyone can be an entrepreneur,” as they are trying to attract the widest possible audience. Now the question is whether the show itself will be able to prove that proposition.


Research Fellow – Entrepreneurship, Bournemouth University

Research Fellow – Entrepreneurship

Bournemouth University

Ref: TBS143

Starting salary from £26,779 – £31,020 per annum with further progression opportunities to £33,884

The Centre for Entrepreneurship is a new initiative within the Executive Business Centre that offers support to early stage and established businesses in the digital media sector.  We are a growing Business School with a commitment to research, professional practice and teaching that aims to enhance our reputation as a practice based business school that makes a significant contribution to the regional economy with centres of international excellence.

The successful candidate will have a PhD and proven academic credibility, with a successful record of high quality teaching and research. You will have a good research profile, with evidence of publication in quality journals. This is a key supporting role to the Director and the development of the Centre.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Professor Dean Patton on 01202 68747

A detailed job description and person specification are available from our website together with an online application form.  Alternatively, please telephone 01202 961130 (24 hour answerphone) quoting the appropriate reference. 

Closing date:  Sunday 19 August 2012


Senior Lecturer/Lecturer post in Entrepreneurship at Bournemouth University

Some lecturer/senior lecturer opportunities in the Business School at Bournemouth University:

Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Entrepreneurship

Senior Lecturer in Strategy

Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Marketing

Closing date: 25 April 2012.


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

www.isbe.org.uk/ISBE2012

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