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FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS 5th Annual Entrepreneurship as Practice Conference and PhD Symposium 2020

PhD Symposium: March 30 – April 3 2020

Conference: March 31 – April 2 2020

Host: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Organizing team: Karen Verduijn (VU Amsterdam), Neil Thompson (VU Amsterdam), Orla Byrne (UC Dublin), Bill Gartner (Babson College), Bruce Teague (Eastern Washington), Inge Hill (Coventry), Thomas Cyron (Jönköping University)

Confirmed keynote speaker: Chris Steyaert (University of St. Gallen)

 

Important Dates:

December 16, 2019                       Abstract Submission Deadline                           

December 20, 2019                       Notification of Acceptance

February 16, 2020                         Full Paper Submission Deadline 

March 1, 2020                                Registration Deadline 

March 31 – April 2 2020               Conference Dates

March 30 – April 3 2020               PhD Symposium

 

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

The 5th version of this conference aims to advance our understanding of entrepreneurship-as-practice, foster network ties, facilitate collaborative writing relationships, and build a strong community of practice scholars. To do so, we have developed a Research Conference and PhD Symposium that educates interested scholars as well as develops empirical and conceptual papers regarding the ‘practice turn’ taking place in entrepreneurship studies. 

Building on the first (February 2016 at VU Amsterdam), second (February 2017 at University College Dublin Quinn School of Business), third (April 2018 at Linnaeus University) and fourth (April 2019 at Nantes Business School) Entrepreneurship-as-Practice conferences, this conference and PhD symposium bring the growing community of researchers who embrace the “practice turn” back to Amsterdam.

INTRODUCTION

The practice tradition (also known as practice-based studies, the practice approach or the practice lens) in the social sciences forefronts the notion that practices and their connections are fundamental to the ontology of all social phenomena (Rouse, 2006; T. Schatzki, Knorr-Cetina, & Savigny, 2001). Ventures, firms or startups, in this view, are not ontologically separate phenomena from the performance of everyday, materially accomplished and ordered practices (Chalmers & Shaw, 2017; Hill, 2018; Johannisson, 2011; Vincent & Pagan, 2019). This is to say that no description or explanation of features of entrepreneurial life—such as, recognizing, evaluating and exploiting opportunities—is possible without the ‘alternate’ description and explanation of how entrepreneurial life is actually lived in and through practices (Gross, Carson, & Jones, 2014; Keating, Geiger, & Mcloughlin, 2013). The term ‘practice’, therefore, does not refer to an ‘empty’ conceptual category of ‘what entrepreneurs think and do’ (Sklaveniti & Steyaert, 2019), but encompasses the meaning-making, identity-forming and order-producing interactions (Chia & Holt, 2006; Nicolini, 2009) enacted by multiple entrepreneurial practitioners and situated in specific (historical) conditions. Therefore, practice theories orient entrepreneurship scholars to take seriously the practices of entrepreneuring as they unfold and are experienced in real-time rather than as they are remembered. Simply put, practice scholars are concerned with the ‘nitty-gritty’ work of entrepreneuring—all the meetings, the talking, the selling, the form-filling and the number-crunching by which opportunities actually get enacted (Matthews, Chalmers, & Fraser, 2018; Whittington, 1996). This comes with considerable ontological, theoretical and methodological implications which will be addressed during the Conference and PhD Symposium.  

For background and information on EaP literature, prior conferences, media and other pertinent materials, please go to: https://www.entrepreneurshipaspractice.com.

STRUCTURE OF THE CONFERENCE AND PhD SYMPOSIUM

The Conference will be held over three full days, March 31st– April 2nd. March 31st will be about Mapping the developing field of EaP that includes plenary sessions and an unconference event (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unconference), concluding with drinks. April 1st will be about Methodological approaches and publishing EaP research and include keynote session, parallel sessions on various methodologies, and plenary session. We will end the day with a boat ride, tour of entrepreneurial district and dinner. April 2nd will prominently feature the paper development workshop and a keynote lecture, with the conference ending around 16.30.

The PhD symposium includes 30th March (late afternoon and evening) up until 3rd April morning (until lunch). PhD candidates who want ECTS credits for their participation are required to attend. In these additional sessions, PhD students will be able to ask questions about EaP, meet and discuss ideas for research as well as generate additional work and discussion beyond what is required by other participants in the conference. Affordable hotels during entire duration are being held in Amsterdam for selected participants.

CALL FOR PAPERS

We welcome papers employing theories of practice to understand a wide array of entrepreneurship phenomena.  

Potential, although not exclusive, topics that may be addressed include:

Theoretical Challenges: What are the differences between the individualism, structuralism and practice traditions of entrepreneurship research? How is the process approach to entrepreneurship (entrepreneuring) similar to and different from practice approach?  How are entrepreneurial behaviour theories (discover, creation, effectuation, bricolage) similar and different than practice-based theories? How can we carve out insights and theories without the traditional aim of reification and generalization, given practice theories’ phenomenological roots? How can we theoretically cope with the enormous diversity of practices in which entrepreneurship is implicated? How can entrepreneurship studies help to theorize the reproduction and transformation of practical knowledge? How can we incorporate embodiment and sociomateriality into our understanding of practices related to entrepreneurship? How can an EaP perspective rejuvenate our thinking about traditional entrepreneurship related topics of innovating, creating opportunities, networking, venturing, strategizing, financing and organizing? What is the value of existing theoretical frameworks of practice for entrepreneurship research, and when should we employ or go beyond them? (How) are EaP contributions critical?

Methodological and Empirical Challenges: How does one begin an EaP study, such as selecting and entering a site for observation? As theories of practice guide us to study the real-time and unique instances of practices related to entrepreneurship, how can we observe, analyse and theorize about these unique instances, whilst still accounting for their relations to other practices?  What are some common research questions that can be formulated and answered using an EaP perspective, and which practice theory is appropriate for which research questions in entrepreneurship? How can one catalogue and rigorously analyse large amounts of video-based ethnographic data?  What can we methodologically learn from the history of the Strategy as Practice (SaP) community? 

ABSTRACT / PAPER SUBMISSION

All those are interested to attend the conference should submit an abstract (of approximately 1,000 words) by December 16, 2019 to eap5vu@gmail.com

Abstracts should not exceed two single-spaced pages, and may not exceed the maximum limit of 1,000 words. They should present the purpose of the research, the relevance of the problem, the literature review, the methods and the main findings. Authors will be notified of acceptance or otherwise by December 20, 2019. Full working papers are due for February 16, 2020

The manuscript should be 10-15 pages, Times New Roman 12, single spacing. Abstracts and papers should be written and presented in English.

All working papers will be assigned to discussion groups. Each group member will be responsible for providing feedback on the papers received during the working paper session on April 2nd.  

Conference Fees:

Fees for Research Conference participants: 525 euros

Fees for PhD Symposium (inclusive Research Conference) for selected participants: 275 euros

Registration:

After abstract acceptance, please go to www.entrepreneurshipaspractice.com

Questions:

eap5vu@gmail.com

 

References

Chalmers, D. M., & Shaw, E. (2017). The endogenous construction of entrepreneurial contexts: A practice-based perspective. International Small Business Journal: Researching Entrepreneurship, 35(1), 19–39. https://doi.org/10.1177/0266242615589768

Chia, R., & Holt, R. (2006). Strategy as Practical Coping: A Heideggerian Perspective. Organization Studies , 27(5), 635–655. https://doi.org/10.1177/0170840606064102

Gross, N., Carson, D., & Jones, R. (2014). Beyond rhetoric: re-thinking entrepreneurial marketing from a practice perspective. Journal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, 16(2), 105–127. https://doi.org/10.1108/JRME-01-2014-0003

Hill, I. (2018). How did you get up and running? Taking a Bourdieuan perspective towards a framework for negotiating strategic fit. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 1–35. https://doi.org/10.1080/08985626.2018.1449015

Johannisson, B. (2011). Towards a practice theory of entrepreneuring. Small Business Economics, 36(2), 135–150. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-009-9212-8

Keating, A., Geiger, S., & Mcloughlin, D. (2013). Riding the Practice Waves: Social Resourcing Practices During New Venture Development. Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 38(5), 1–29. https://doi.org/10.1111/etap.12038

Matthews, R. S., Chalmers, D. M., & Fraser, S. S. (2018). The intersection of entrepreneurship and selling: An interdisciplinary review, framework, and future research agenda. Journal of Business Venturing, In Press. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusvent.2018.04.008

Nicolini, D. (2009). Zooming in and out: studying practices by switching theoretical lenses and trailing connections. Organization Studies, 30(12), 1391–1418.

Rouse, J. (2006). Practice theory. In D. M. Gabbay, P. Thagard, & J. Woods (Eds.), Handbook of the Philosophy of Science (Vol. 15, pp. 500–540). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-044451542-1/50020-9

Schatzki, T., Knorr-Cetina, K., & Savigny, E. von. (2001). The practice turn in contemporary theory. (T. R. Schatzki, K. Knorr-Cetina, & E. von Savigny, Eds.). London: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0956-5221(03)00029-0

Sklaveniti, C., & Steyaert, C. (2019). Reflecting with Pierre Bourdieu: Towards a reflexive outlook for practice-based studies of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, (forthcoming), 1–21. https://doi.org/10.1080/08985626.2019.1641976

Vincent, S., & Pagan, V. (2019). Entrepreneurial agency and field relations: A Realist Bourdieusian Analysis. Human Relations, 72(2), 188–216. https://doi.org/10.1177/0018726718767952

Whittington, R. (1996). Strategy as practice. Long Range Planning, 29(5), 731–735. https://doi.org/10.1016/0024-6301(96)00068-4

2nd DARE Research Seminar 2019 – Hogeschool Utrecht

Thanks everyone who joined in the second DARE Research Seminar about Engaged Scholarship  that organized in collaboration with the Dutch Platform for Professors UAS on Entrepreneurship and the Hogeschool Utrecht

Organizing committee:

  • Werner Liebregts
  • Lex van Teeffelen
  • Neil Thompson

Submission and deadline

You can find Judith van Helverts presentation slides on engaged scholarship DARE – Engaged scholarship Judith

Theme of the seminar: Engaged Scholarship

This seminar shared some of the dilemmas and solutions found in the field of engaged scholarship.

Since 2001, the Universities of Applied Science (UAS) are evolving from education only to mixed educational and research institutes. Though young in tradition and modest in research budgets, over the past fifteen years over 600 professors have been appointed, out of which 124 in the economic domain (Rathenau Instituut, 2018).

Their research is strongly connected with questions originating from the professional field or from societal challenges (De Jonge, 2016). The UAS more or less follow Simon (1976), proposing that a basic challenge for scholars in professional schools is to contribute to both the science and the practice – not either-or.

Specific grant programs (Regieorgaan SIA) have been created to put professional associations, SMEs or societal partners in the lead to define research questions. In the domain of entrepreneurship for example, at least six SMEs must co-finance and belong to the consortium to be able to apply for grants. In total, these SMEs and their representatives must co-finance 50% of the total costs.

As pointed out by Van de Ven (2007), there are different types of engaged research possible. Typically UAS research projects and initiatives are characterized by quadrants 2, 3 and 4 of Figure 1.

 

Figure 1 – Engaged Scholarship (Van de Ven, 2007)

The challenges for researchers are abundant, just to mention a few (Van de Ven, 2010):

  • Finding mutual interests, boundary spanning, power sharing, and task coordination between academics and practitioners.
  • Multiple models and frames of reference are needed to understand complex reality.
  • Producing research that is useful for theory and practice is not a solitary exercise; instead, it is a collective achievement.

During research projects also the perspectives/criterions in the different phases change. This is well illustrated by the Diamond Model of Van de Ven (2007), adopted by Shawcross & Ridgman (2019), in Figure 2.

 

Figure 2 – Diamond Model of Van de Ven (2007) adopted by Shawcross and Ridgman (2019)

 

We cordially invite entrepreneurship researchers to submit work-in-progress papers on (complex) questions brought up by entrepreneurs, their associations or societal parties. Not only the outcomes, but also the process is of interest. In particular, we encourage authors to share their reflections on dilemmas faced during their projects and/or to elaborate on the discussion part of their paper in more detail.

This may include the SME-fields of:

  • Finance;
  • Growth;
  • (Joint) innovation;
  • Succession;
  • (Joint) product or service development;
  • Or any other relevant topic.

 

We look forward to receiving your work and to your attendance on the 14th of November!

 

References

De Jonge, J. (2016). Feiten en cijfers. Praktijkgericht onderzoek bij lectoraten van hogescholen. Den Haag: Rathenau Instituut.

Rathenau Instituut (2018). Praktijkgericht onderzoek hogescholen. Retrieved from https://www.rathenau.nl/nl/wetenschap-cijfers/geld/inkomsten-uitgaven-van-universiteiten-en-hogescholen/praktijkgericht.

Shawcross, J.K., & Ridgman, T.W. (2019). Linking practice and theory using engaged scholarship. European Journal of Engineering Education, 44(1-2), 35-48.

Simon, H.A. (1976). The business school: A problem in organizational design. Journal of Management Studies, 4(1), 1-16.

Van de Ven, A.H. (2007). Engaged scholarship. A guide for organizational and social research. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Van de Ven, A.H. (2010). Reflections on engaged scholarship. London: London Business School.

Small Research Group Meeting “Psychological Perspectives on Entrepreneurship”

Location and Date: Groningen October 30th and 31st, 2019 Location: University of Groningen Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences Grote Kruisstraat 2/1 9712 TS Groningen

For more information please click here

Goals & Format
The aim of this 2-days meeting is to bring researchers across the Netherlands together who are interested in and actively researching the link between psychology and entrepreneurship. The researchers present their empirical or conceptual research, discuss their studies, learn from each other, meet potential new collaborators, and develop research ideas, as well as ways of collaborating in the future.


Format: each person will present a research project or paper to the entire group of participants (15 min presentations) and this will be followed by a 15 min discussion. Each presentation will have an assigned discussant.
Role of the discussant: provide input on and your assessment of the paper/project; stimulate discussion in the audience; prepare 1-3 statements/questions that may be discussed in the whole group.

The discussants can but not necessarily have to prepare a/some power point slide(s). Moreover, in the second part of the meeting, we discuss opportunities for future collaboration (see agenda below).


Input & Preparation
Please prepare an abstract of 700 – 900 words (excluding references); no specific format required. Submissions should be either work in progress or finalized work, but preferably not yet published. We welcome theoretical, conceptual papers, methodological, and empirical papers. Send your abstract one month before our meeting (no later than September 25th) to
a.schmitt@rug.nl


We will upload all the abstracts in a dropbox folder, share this folder with you, and assign the discussants. Please upload your PowerPoint presentation on dropbox by October 18th so that the discussant
can prepare based on both the abstract and the presentation. A PC and a beamer will be available. You will need to bring your presentation (PowerPoint) on a USB flash drive.

Catering & Costs
On both days, a small lunch will be provided including vegetarian & non-vegetarian options. If you have other diary restrictions or allergies, please let us know (c.m.smit@rug.nl). Coffee and tea will be offered in the coffee breaks. Water will be available throughout the two days. Travel expenses, accommodation, and the dinner on Wednesday need to be covered by the
participants.

Accommodation
We have special contracts with the following hotels (prices per night in the range €80 – €105).  Best Western Hotel Groningen Centre  Asgard Hotel Groningen  NH Groningen  NH Hotel de Ville

Please contact our secretary, Charissa Smit c.m.smit@rug.nl, she can book a room for you.

Invitation to DARE Research Seminar – Leiden University 16 May

We cordially invite you to attend the DARE research seminar on “Entrepreneurial Dynamics in a Globalized World”, which will be organized in collaboration with the Department of Business Studies of Leiden University.

Where?                Room A051 (“Grotiuszaal”), Kamerlingh Onnes Building, Leiden Law School, Leiden University

When?                 Thursday May 16, 2019 (13:30 – 18:00, borrel included)

Organizing committee:

  • Werner Liebregts
  • Neil Thompson
  • Peter van der Zwan

Theme of the seminar: Entrepreneurial Dynamics in a Globalized World

There exists a lot of dynamism in entrepreneurship, which is in part reflected by individuals’ mobility in and out of entrepreneurship. Workers may move between, and return to, labor market positions to learn about their skills, ability, and earnings. Individuals may also decide to become entrepreneurs at a later age, known as senior entrepreneurship, which has received increased attention in the context of ageing societies.

We welcome research that focuses on the concept of entrepreneurial dynamics. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Entrepreneurial entry and exit
  • Causes (e.g., health, wellbeing) and consequences (e.g., earnings) of entrepreneurial mobility
  • Senior/late-career entrepreneurship
  • Access to the social welfare system
  • Hybrid/portfolio/serial entrepreneurship
  • Spin-ins/spin-outs/spin-offs
  • Corporate-startup collaboration

Scholars who are interested in presenting their work at the upcoming DARE Research Seminar are kindly requested to submit an extended abstract or a full working paper to Werner Liebregts no later than Monday April 15, 2019. We welcome submissions of both theoretical and empirical papers that are not yet published. Papers may also focus on novel research methods in research directions related to the seminar’s theme.

We look forward to receiving your work and to your attendance on the 16th of May!

Call for Papers: High Tech Small Firms Conference in Twente, (26), 27-28 May 2019

Abstract submission deadline Feb. 15, 2019

On behalf of the academic conference committee Peter van der Sijde (VU-Amsterdam), Aard Groen (University of Groningen & University of Twente), Gary Cook (University of Leeds), Rainer Harms (University of Twente) and the local organisers from the Dutch Center for Knowledge-Intensive Entrepreneurship / Department for Entrepreneurship, Strategy & Innovation Management (NIKOS-ESIM), we invite you to present your work at the HTSF conference 2019.
At HTSF, researchers convene to discuss the current state of research on technology and science based entrepreneurship. A particular theme for this years’ conference will be on the interface of entrepreneurship and digital transformation of business, economy, and society.
This conference will include key notes from academics and practitioners. We have normal sessions and early-stage challenge sessions. The early-stage challenge sessions are aimed to best support the development of early-stage research of young researchers.

 

Conference topic
We invite papers on themes relevant to technology and science entrepreneurship, business creation and growth, entrepreneurial ecosystems, social entrepreneurship, university-industry collaboration, and entrepreneurship education. Particular emphasis is given to papers on entrepreneurship and digital transformation of business, economy, and society.

 

Keynote

Speakers now confirmed for the conference are: Sjoerd Romme (TU Eindhoven) Design Science, Ecosystems, Innovaiton & Entrepreneurship, Ingrid Wakkee (UAS Amsterdam) on Failure and Recovery of StartUps and Elisabetta Lazzarro (HKU University of the Arts Utrecht) whose research covers the broad area of cultural and creative entrepreneurship – https://www.utwente.nl/en/bms/nikos/news/!/2019/1/129355/first-key-notes-high-tech-small-firms-conference-known  – more will follow!

 

Conference time line
HTSF2019 begins with an early-arrival reception at the UPark Hotel, Sunday May 26, 1900-2100h. Registration and a breakfast reception is Monday, May 27, 0800-1000. The festive conference dinner is on Monday, May 27, 1930 -. Sessions rejourn Tuesday May 28, 900. We close with an excursion Tuesday late afternoon.
The Venue
The conference will be held at the UPark Hotel on the University Twente Campus. This newly-built campus hotel offers state-of-the-art conferencing and accommodation. We suggest to make your room reservation early in advance. Other options exist in town, but transportation must be organized yourself.

Fees

  • The fee covers conference material, early-arrival reception (May 26), breakfast reception (May 27), lunches, festive dinner, and excursion.
  • For both days, the conference fee for early birds is 475€ (before 13th April) and 575€ after that date, and 225€ for PhD students. PhD status needs to be shown with suitable documentation.
  • Payment will have to be made via the Conference webpage payment system (credit card).
  • Cancellations after May 2019 cannot be refunded.

Website

For further information please see this website: https://www.utwente.nl/en/bms/nikos/events/!/2019/5/129401/high-tech-small-firms-conference-2019