SIG 03: ENTREPRENEURSHIP

The purpose of the SIG Entrepreneurship is to develop an ongoing and constructive dialogue among entrepreneurship scholars to conduct research that is relevant for entrepreneurship theory and practice in the contemporary world. The SIG Entrepreneurship aims at promoting research and networking interests in individual and collaborative forms of entrepreneurship by providing a wide-ranging, engaged and internationally focused forum to discuss and develop research and practice in the field. We put a distinct focus on the key European feature – ‘context matter’ – why we try in all activities to promote and stimulate what ‘European’ might mean in any given context and any approach of entrepreneurship research.

 

SIG Officers:

Lucrezia Songini (Eastern Piedmont University, Italy) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Massimiliano M. Pellegrini (University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Italy) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SIG General Track

Entrepreneurship General Track

In line with the mission of the SIG Entrepreneurship– methodological, theoretical and empirical pluralism in entrepreneurship research – this general track is intended to capture new and emerging research areas within, as well as classical areas of study. It welcomes contributions from all areas related to entrepreneurship that are not explicitly covered by the other tracks and topics sponsored by the SIG. Papers adopting different theoretical lenses, using different research methods, analysing different types of organizations and exploring entrepreneurship less common empirical contexts are strongly encouraged.

Chairs: Lucrezia Songini (Eastern Piedmont University, Italy) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Hans Lundberg (Linnaeus University, Sweden) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Massimiliano M. Pellegrini (University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Italy) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Keywords: Corporate Entrepreneurship; Social Networks; Effectuation and Causation; Entrepreneurial behaviours and decision making; Contexts of Entrepreneurship; Entrepreneurial Entry, Exit, Transfer and Acquisition.

SIG Standing Tracks

ST_03-01 Entrepreneurship and societal change

There has been a “social turn” in business. Business was slow to absorb ideas about sustainability, stakeholders’ interests and social enterprise, but today it is way ahead of policy makers and the research community in their knowledge of conditions for and consequences of integrating social, environmental and economic concerns. This track calls for papers that investigate the impact of social concerns in the strategies of new ventures or existing business units, or papers that take the opposite point of view and investigate the influence of entrepreneurial activities on institutional, environmental, and societal contexts.

Proponents: Benedicte Brøgger (BI Norwegian Business School) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Massimiliano M. Pellegrini (University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Italy) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Keywords: Social Entrepreneurship; Social Innovation, and Social Impacts of Innovations; Green entrepreneurship and sustainability; Entrepreneurship in emerging countries and extreme contexts; Women entrepreneurship; Hybridity and no-profit.

 

Topics sponsored by the SIG

T_03-01 The Impact of Entrepreneurship Education

How can we educate such entrepreneurs and how can we assess the impact of entrepreneurship education at the level of educational institutions? The need for assessment is obvious as it justifies the resources committed to it. An intensified interest within Entrepreneurship Education research focuses on this question. The track focuses on the question how entrepreneurship education stimulates the intentions of individuals to become an entrepreneur. Therefore, we invite scholars interested in sharing their conceptual and empirical findings of this aspect of entrepreneurship education to contribute to the debate on the effects and impact of Entrepreneurship Education.

Proponents: Dr. Tina Gruber-Muecke (University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Marina Dabic (University of Zagreb, Croatia)

Keywords: Entrepreneurship Education; Entrepreneurial Learning; Entrepreneurial Intention; Action Learning; Evaluation; Pedagogy and Teaching methods.

T_03-02 Academic Entrepreneurship and the Entrepreneurial University

Universities today increasingly depend on additional funds for new and expensive research. Consequently, there has been increasing interest in what is no referred to as “entrepreneurial university,” (i.e.), the university being viewed as an economic institution that creates and delivers economic value. Academic entrepreneurship requires a new incentive system and a new type of researcher. Moreover, the entrepreneurial university becomes a market participant by producing innovative spin offs or directly marketing its research. The purpose of this topic is to bring together international theoretical and empirical research dealing with academic entrepreneurship, the organizational design of and the transition to the entrepreneurial university.

Proponents: Matthias Raith (Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Karim Messeghem (University of Montpellier - MRM - Labex Entreprendre, France)

Keywords: Entrepreneurial University; Value Creation; Entrepreneurial Ecosystem; Knowledge and Technology Transfer; Incubator; Academic Spin-off.

T_03-03 Entrepreneurial Finance

Small businesses are the backbone of economies and drivers of both economic development and employment. Yet, these firms often suffer from financing constraints that limit their growth. Actors providing capital to young and innovative businesses (e.g. venture capitalists) are germane to the creation, and development of new technologies, industries, and markets. However, despite the relevance of these “classic” forms of capital, in recent years a whole set of innovative financial instruments (e.g. crowdfunding) have emerged. We invite papers that investigate and eventually compare the effects of the various types of finance available to start-ups.

Proponents: Cristiano Bellavitis (Cass Business School & Higher School of Economics NRU) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Kamuriwo Dzidziso Samuel (Cass Business School)
Chepurenko Alexander (Higher School of Economics - National Research University)
Krueger Norris F. (Boise State)
Pitsakis Konstantinos (Kingston Business School)
Giovanni Perrone (University of Palermo)

Keywords: Entrepreneurial Finance; Venture Capitals; Crowdfunding; Accelerators; Innovative Supporting Systems for Start-Ups; Business Angels.

T_03-04 Entrepreneurship in family firms

This topic aims to investigate the capacity to conjugate two critical issues for the long-term survival and development of family firms: the entrepreneurial spirit and the managerialization of the organizational structure and mechanisms as wheel as professionalization of people involved in the company. We are looking for contributions that explore the ability of successful family business to maintain fresh entrepreneurial spirit while consolidating management mechanisms, but also for contributions that analyse the consequences of losing momentum in that balance.

Proponents: Salvatore Tomaselli (University of Palermo) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Paola Vola (University of Eastern Piedmont)

Keywords: Entrepreneurial orientation; Managerialization and professionalization; Family firms; Cross-generation survival; Entrepreneurial spirit; Long-lasting family firms.

T_03-05 Entrepreneurial passion

This track calls for papers that address the fundamental nature of entrepreneurial passion. The target is to problematize the assumption that entrepreneurial passion is only a venture-related experience. To reach this target, we are welcoming papers that investigate entrepreneurial processes located in other contexts than newly founded ventures (e.g. wage-earning jobs, social engagement). Considering the nascent state of the field, contributions on the antecedents and consequences of entrepreneurial passion are also greatly welcomed. In particular, we would like to launch a discussion about specific behaviours, actions passionate people engage in, and specific affects they experience. All this would provide new ways of understanding what entrepreneurial passion stands for and what opportunities it offers. Both conceptual and empirical papers are welcomed.

Proponents: Silvia Stroe (Freie Universität, Berlin) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Antti Kauppinen (Oulu Business School) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Paolo Gubitta (University of Padua) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Keywords: Entrepreneurial passion; Entrepreneurial affect; Motivation; Entrepreneurial opportunity; Entrepreneurial engagement; Passion in success and failure.

T_03-06 Visionary entrepreneurship in complex worlds: Computer modelling, business games and scenario analysis.

The aim of the track is to (1) advance knowledge (2) stimulate innovative theorizing and (3) facilitate discussion and connections about the following topics:

  1. Learning and teaching entrepreneurship through business games.
  2. Cases of utilization of computer modelling for scenario analysis.
  3. Dealing with organizational complexity with computer-based scenario analysis.
  4. Dealing with environmental complexity with computer-based scenario analysis.
  5. Using business game for experimental approach to internal corporate entrepreneurship.

A selection of the best papers presented in the topic, will be published in two special issues to be hosted in both the Journal of Management and Governance and the International Journal of Markets and Business Systems.

Proponents: Stefano Armenia (University of Roma “La Sapienza”) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Edoardo Mollona ( University of Bologna) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Benedicte Brogger This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Gianluca Colombo This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Martin Kunc This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Keywords: System Dynamics; Computer simulation; Scenario Analysis; Business games; Learning environment; Strategic Intelligence.

 

Other relevant information:

Publication Opportunities:

• Best papers from all tracks will be invited in the third volume of the book series “The Entrepreneurship SIG at European Academy of Management: New Horizons with Strong Traditions”.

• Best papers of the track “Entrepreneurship and Societal change” if inherent to the call, will be invited to the special issue of the International Journal of Transitions and Innovation system (IJTIS) with the fast track formula. The call will be out in October and it will be related to the social impacts of innovations.

Other SIG Officers:
Benedicte Brogger (BI Norwegian Business School, Norway) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tina Gruber-Muecke (University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Hans Lundberg (Linnaeus University, Sweden) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Luca Gnan (University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.