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Call for Papers, Posters, Round Table Proposals, Practitioner Contributions and Product Demonstrations


Innovation and entrepreneurship are tightly coupled concepts. Innovation involves designing new ways of conceptualising, developing and producing a range of goods and services which society requires. Although inventing new things may be seen as part of innovation, innovation does not exclusively rely on new discoveries. Rather it can stem from simply seeing new ways of satisfying demand. Thus innovation is not a synonym for invention and almost anyone can come up with new innovations.

Entrepreneurship adds a further dimension to how new ideas are converted into goods and services. Entrepreneurship is sometimes said to be a mindset required to convert innovation into a real business situation which will deliver benefits to the stakeholders. Entrepreneurship is always driven by an individual or a small group of individuals who are referred to as entrepreneurs and who are sometimes colloquially referred to as the ‘movers and shakers’ in our society. Thus the entrepreneur configures the various factors of products to that they become a viable proposition.

Both innovation and entrepreneurship are generally under-researched and the advisory group for the conference invites submissions of both academic and practitioner papers on a wide range of topics and a wide range of scholarly approaches including theoretical and empirical papers employing qualitative, quantitative and critical methods.

Academic research, case studies and work-in-progress/posters are welcomed approaches. PhD Research, proposals for roundtable discussions or knowledge cafés, non-academic contributions and product demonstrations based on the main themes are also invited.

Submission details are given below. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:-

General topics:

§  internationalization strategies

§  International entrepreneurship

§  Monopolistic competition

§  Ontologies

§  Compound option model

§  Product differentiation, Generalised Least Square (GLS) model

§  Endogenous growth models

§  Phase-specific volatility

§  Risk analysis

§  Quality of work life

§  Research and Development

§  Multicriteria analysis

§  Technological innovation process

§  Entrepreneurship policy

§  Location technologies

§  Social construction of technology

§  Knowing-doing gap

§  Change management

§  Autopoietic systems

§  Sustainable management

§  Dynamic capabilities

§  Innovation success

§  Advanced knowledge services

§  Surrogate entrepreneurship

§  Incremental innovations

§  Disruptive innovations

§  System innovations

§  Radical innovations

§  Method engineering

§  Technological innovations

§  New venture creation

§  Presentation and communication skills

§  Entrepreneurial challenges

§  Technology transfer

§  Social entrepreneurship and social innovation

§  Intrapreneurship

§  Performance measurement

§  Cultural change

§  Social networks

§  Creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship

§  Complex adaptive systems (CAS)

§  Cyber entrepreneurship

§  Green Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Economics of Entrepreneurship and Innovation:

§  Economic geography

§  Regional development and economies

§  Remittances

§  Investment decision-making

§  Welfare society

§  Global development

§  Entrepreneurial dimensions and economic growth

§  New social economy entrepreneurship

§  Corporate tax reforms. Good governance

§  Macro-economic growth theory

§  Venture capita

§  Best practice

§  Cash-flow analysis

§  Investment appraisal

§  Project financing

§  General equilibrium contract theory

§  Innovation and regional economic development


Entrepreneurship and innovation for educators:

§  University patents

§  Entrepreneurship training and development

§  Learning regions

§  University-enterprise cooperation

§  Co-teaching with business and public sector

§  Challenging academic and business conventions

§  Action learning

§  Innovation education

§  Academic entrepreneurship

§  Learning organization

§  Evolutionary learning.

§  Research-based spin-offs

§  Entrepreneurial Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

§  Entrepreneurial didactics, learning and impact

Entrepreneurship and innovation in business:

§  Business angels

§  Entrepreneurship development programmes

§  New venture creation

§  Assumption based planning

§  Intrapreneurship

§  e-Commerce

§  Small and medium enterprises (SME’s)

§  Strategic management

§  Web design

§  Innovation and product design

§  Business simulation

§  Knowledge-intensive services

§  Firm formation

§  Strategic alignment

§  Start-up management

§  Employment growth

§  Competitive advantages.

§  Logics, Heuristics and Strategies in International Entrepreneurship

In addition to the main topics, submissions are invited to six mini tracks: Exploring the Sources of Innovation, co-chaired by Professors Claire Auplat and Ann-Charlotte Teglborg, Advancia-Negocia Business School, France; Diversity and Entrepreneurship, co-chaired by Dr Sandra Fielden, University of Manchester, UK and Dr Marianne Tremain, Massey University, New Zealand; Innovation in SMEs, chaired by Dr Helena Forsman, University of Winchester, UK; Social Entrepreneurship, chaired by Heather Fulford, Robert Gordon University, Scotland, UK; The Convergence of ICT and Innovation, co-chaired by Brendan Galbraith, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland and Professor Veli Pekka Niitamo, Nokia-IT, The Netherlands; Innovation in Theory and Practice, co-chaired by John Howard, University of Central Lancashire, UK and Dr Bill Sutherland, Robert Gordon University, UK and Entrepreneurship and Education, co-chaired by Dr Doan Winkel, Illinois State University, USA and Dr Alexandros Kakouris, University of Athens, Greece.

Academic Paper submissions
Papers should address the conference topics listed above and can describe a wide range of research including empirical or theoretical studies. In addition, philosophical papers presenting an argument and papers presenting a process that has been developed and is now ready for wider use are welcome. In all cases concepts and underlying principles should be emphasised, with enough background information to orient any reader who is not a specialist in the particular subject area original. The work should not have been published elsewhere and should not be intended to be published elsewhere during the review period.

Researchers are invited to submit current projects which are either at the proposal stage or are work in progress. In the first instance you should submit an abstract describing the project. If your abstract is selected you will be given the choice of producing a short paper with poster or abstract only with poster. If you opt for a paper, this should be a maximum of 2000 words including abstract, keywords and references. The paper will be double-blind peer reviewed and if accepted will be published in the conference proceedings. Presentation of the work at the conference will take the form of a Poster. Posters will be on display for the duration of the conference and there will be a timetabled slot for contributors to stand by their posters so that participants can come and discuss the research. Participants will be asked to vote for the best poster and a prize will be given for the poster receiving the highest number of votes.

PhD Research Colloquium
Doctoral Candidates are invited to submit papers describing their research. To be eligible, it is necessary for the paper to be produced to a publishable academic standard and papers will be subject to the same criteria and processes as research papers. However the final results of the research may not have been fully completed and interpreted. PhD papers will be organised into a Colloquium and there will be a chair person and a discussant to provide constructive feedback on the work. A prize will be awarded to the best PhD paper presented at the conference.

Case study submissions
Case study submissions should be written to publishable standards. Case studies will be subject to the same criteria and the processes as research papers.

Non-Academic Contributions
The conference committee welcomes contributions from individuals and organisations working in the field. These contributions can take the form of a presentation or a demonstration. In the first instance an abstract should be submitted describing the work to be presented. If the abstract is selected you will be asked whether you wish to produce a paper or just give a presentation. You will need to register for the conference to have a confirmed timetabled slot.

Round Table Proposals
The Programme Committee invites topical subjects to be proposed for discussion. In the first instance an abstract describing the proposed topic should be submitted. If selected the convener will be given a timetabled slot for the round table and will be expected to register to attend the conference.

Product Demonstrations and Exhibitor Opportunities

If you are contributing to the conference in any of the above categories you can also request the opportunity to give a product demonstration. If you would like to exhibit and/or demonstrate a product at the conference we suggest that you apply for one of our exhibitor packages.

Publication opportunity
Papers accepted for the conference will be published in the conference proceedings, subject to author registration and payment. Selected papers will also being considered for a special issue of the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing and for a special issue of the International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development, journals published by Inderscience.

Submission details


All submission types require an abstract in the first instance. Abstracts should be a minimum of 300 and no more than 500 words including up to five keywords and keyphrases to be received by 24 February 2011. Please read the online guidelines.


Submissions should be made via the online submission form. Please ensure that all required fields are completed. Abstracts must include the proposed title for the paper, the full names (first name and surname, not initials); postal addresses and email addresses of all authors and a telephone number for at least one contact author. Please indicate clearly if the contact author is not the lead author and select the appropriate submission track.

Full paper:

Only required for academic submissions to main conference streams once the abstract has been selected and not to be more than 5,000 words including abstract, keywords and references (the Harvard referencing rules need to be followed). Submission date will be no later than 14 April 2011 (see note).Papers should be submitted as .doc or .rtf file attachments by email to the Conference Manager, Charlotte Hall with the paper submission checklist and copyright form.

Important information

  • The selection panel of the conference committee will consider all abstracts received by the submission deadline to ensure that the proposed paper is relevant to the Conference. 
  • The authors of abstracts that describe a relevant paper will receive a notification of abstract selection.
  • All full papers will be double-blind reviewed by members of the conference committee to ensure an adequate standard, that the proposed subject of their abstract has been followed, that the paper is of a suitable length, the standard of English is adequate and the paper is appropriately referenced.
  • For authors whose first language is not English we request that you have your work proof read prior to submission by a native English speaker (or at least a fluent English speaker). Papers can be rejected due to a poor standard of English.
  • Papers that are accepted will be published in the conference proceedings providing at least one author registers and presents the work at the Conference (see the registration section of the conference website for more information about registration).
  • Due to the large number of papers expected for this conference, the committee only allows an author to present one paper. Therefore if multiple papers are accepted for presentation different co-authors need to present each paper. Author registrations (including payment) must be completed by 12 August 2011


Important dates

Abstract submission deadline:

24 February 2011

Now closed

Notification of abstract acceptance:

03 March 2011


Full paper due for review:

14 April 2011

Review process underway

Notification of paper acceptance (subject to any requested changes):

23 June 2011


Earlybird registration closes:

07 July 2011


Final paper due (with changes):

21 July 2011


Final author payment date:

12 August 2011




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