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Launch of CRSE: a new international think tank on self-employment and its impact on the economy

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A new think tank devoted to research on self-employment and freelancing was launched on 26 November with a memorable celebration at the iconic National Gallery London. The Centre for Research on Self-Employment (CRSE) is a pioneering venture and will be the leading think tank working to improve the understanding of self-employment and its impact on the economy.

Through collaboration with a network of academics from around the world, the CRSE will deliver robust and multidisciplinary research into this now significant sector. The CRSE’s work will provide the basis for international comparisons and, ultimately, create a more informed and innovative library of knowledge on this topic. Another key function of the CRSE is to inform debate over regulatory issues which affect the self-employed. So far, at least three prominent members of DARE were invited to be involved in this think tank.

The Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment
To coincide with the launch, the CRSE has published its first book, ‘The Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment’. The Handbook includes contributions from leading international academics who, over thirteen chapters, explore a diverse set of topics surrounding freelancing and self-employment. For those who are interested in further reading, the book can be downloaded from the CRSE website at www.crse.co.uk

What’s to come…
The Handbook is the first step in developing an accessible single source for key research into this sector, and just the beginning of much more to come from the CRSE. In the coming months new publications into self-employment trends across Europe and the UK will be published in the CRSE Research Library. The library will also play host to a series of videos that showcase the research and expert perspectives of some of the leading minds in self-employment studies, which were filmed at the Global Workshop on Freelancing and Self-Employment held 26-27 November 2015 in London.

IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed, is proud to support and be a catalyst in the development of the CRSE which is chaired by Professor Andrew Burke, Dean of Trinity Business School at Trinity College Dublin.

Commenting on the launch, CRSE Chairman Prof. Andrew Burke, Dean of Trinity Business School, Dublin, said: “The self-employed and freelancers are transforming business practices and career choice. Businesses are making greater use of freelancers to manage risk and drive growth through the adoption of more agile, flexible and innovative activities. We have come a long way from the situation in the last Century when freelancing was regarded as the domain of vulnerable workers. This new think tank brings together the world’s leading researchers in the field and engages them with industry in order to create a deeper knowledge of modern freelancing to better inform managers, entrepreneurs, public policy and those undertaking a freelance career.”

IPSE Chairman James Collings said: “In supporting the creation of the Centre for Research on Self-Employment, IPSE is striving to deepen our understanding of the people we represent. It is widely recognised that the self-employed have an important impact on modern economies, but they are a sector of the labour market that is often misunderstood and misrepresented. The CRSE will also play a key role in strengthening our ability to make evidence-based policy proposals to Government.“

Call for participation in international research project: inspiration and self-awareness in entrepreneurship education

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The hypothesis that participation in an entrepreneurship course actually leads to higher ánd lower scores on entrepreneurial intentions via self-awareness (and that this is a positive thing), is a new approach. The study is also innovative in its focus on inspiration and its use of a multi-item construct from the area of psychology to measure this. Furthermore, it is the first to explore which specific course aspects (content or form) are related to inspiration and self-awareness. Finally, it is the first international comparison of the specific content of entrepreneurship courses with a pre-post design to be executed on this scale. In this sense it is different than, for example, the GUESSS project, which is a one-time measurement of entrepreneurial intentions and contextual factors among a broad population of students.

Joining this research project will result in knowledge development (you will be the first to have access to the results), more visibility and extended international networking, and possibly very specific ideas for curriculum innovation. So far, six institutions (from Canada, Finland, Norway and the United Arab Emirates) have already expressed their interest and sixteen more institutions from countries all over the world have very recently been approached.

Can you provide us with students to participate in our international research project on the impact of entrepreneurship education on students’ entrepreneurial intentions via self-awareness and inspiration?

We are looking for students who follow a course specifically dedicated to entrepreneurship (elective or obligatory, not necessarily part of a program in entrepreneurship). We also need an equally sized control group of students with a similar profile that do not follow this course. The course should last between 6 weeks and 6 months (minimum: 3 US credits or 5 ECTS). The measurements (1 in the first week of classes, 1 before the final grades are published) can be anywhere between November 1, 2015, and July 1, 2016.

Please let us know if you are interested,

 

Kind regards,

Dr. Anne van Ewijk (Abu Dhabi University, UAE) & Dr. Wiebke Weber (Pompeu Fabra University, Spain)

anne.ewijk@adu.ac.ae

+971.3.709.0755

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