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


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

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…