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20-21 September, Santarem, Portugal
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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.

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

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, non-academic contributions and product demonstrations based on the main themes are also invited. You can find full details in the submission types document (.pdf format).

In addition to the main conference topics, submissions are invited to six mini tracks: Ecotechnologies, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, co-chaired by Dr Claire Auplat, Novancia Business School, France and Dr Aurélie Delemarle, ESIEE Management, France; Marketing of Innovation and Technology, chaired by Prof. Dr. Alexander Brem of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany; Diversity and Entrepreneurship, co-chaired by Dr Sandra Fielden, of the University of Manchester, UK and Dr Marianne Tremaine, of Massey University, New Zealand; Entrepreneurial Learning and Education, co-chaired by Dr Alexandros Kakouris, of the University of Athens, Greece and Dr Doan Winkel of the Illinois State University, USA; Corporate Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets, chaired by Dr Jun Li of the University of Essex, UK; Cross Border Business Development, chaired by Dr Maria Theresia Semmelrock-Picej of Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt, biztec, Austria and Public Policies to Support Innovation and Entrepreneurship, chaired by Professor Milan Todorovic of the Union Nikola Tesla University, Belgrade, Serbia. Other mini tracks are being confirmed and details will be posted soon.

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

General topics:

§ Internationalization strategies

§ International entrepreneurship

§ Monopolistic competition

§ Ontologies

§ Endogenous growth models

§ Technology entrepreneurship

§ Risk analysis

§ Entrepreneurship policy

§ Research and Development

§ Social construction of technology

§ Technological innovation process

§ Change management

§ Autopoietic systems

§ Sustainable management

§ Incremental innovations

§ Innovation success

§ System innovations

§ Surrogate entrepreneurship

§ Method engineering

§ Disruptive innovations

§ New venture creation

§ Radical innovations

§ Entrepreneurial challenges

§ Technological innovations

§ Social entrepreneurship and social innovation

§ Technology transfer

§ Cultural change

 § Cyber entrepreneurship

§ Creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship

§ Complex adaptive systems (CAS)

§ Green Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Economics of Entrepreneurship and Innovation:

§ Economic geography

§ Regional development and economies

§ Welfare society

§ Investment decision-making

§ Entrepreneurial dimensions and economic growth

§ Global development

§ Venture capital

§ New social economy entrepreneurship

§ Project financing

§ Macro-economic growth theory

§ Innovation and regional economic development

§ Best practice

§ Investment appraisal


Entrepreneurship and innovation for educators:

§ Learning regions

§ Entrepreneurship training and development

§ Academic entrepreneurship

§ University-enterprise cooperation

§ Evolutionary learning.

§ Challenging academic and business conventions

§ Entrepreneurial Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

§ Innovation education

§ Learning organization

§ Entrepreneurial didactics, learning and impact

§ Research-based spin-offs


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

§ Strategic alignment

§ Start-up management

§ Employment growth

§ Competitive advantages.

§ Logics, Heuristics and Strategies in International Entrepreneurship



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Mini Track Call for Papers: Ecotechnologies, Innovation and Entrepreneurship pdficon_large.gif

Track Co-Chairs: Dr Claire Auplat, Novancia Business School, France and Dr Aurélie Delemarle, ESIEE Management, France

Ecotechnologies have, in recent years, attracted much attention from policy-makers and funding organizations alike. The objective of this track is to provide a platform of discussion on the issues linked to this development. Do eco-technologies give rise to new forms of entrepreneurship? Are they a source of innovation? How do they relate to new business development?


There is a need for a systematic analysis of the different forms of impact of eco-technologies on innovation and on entrepreneurship (positive and negative) and we welcome presentations on the following topics:

§         The management of waste as a source of innovation or entrepreneurship

§         What are eco-innovations?

§         Is there such a thing as an ecopreneur?

§         Ecopreneurship and policy-making

§         Relevant case studies…



Claire Auplat

Aurélie Delemarle

Mini Track Call for Papers: Marketing of Innovation and Technology pdficon_large.gif

Track Chair: Prof. Dr. Alexander Brem, University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

This track proposes and fosters discussion on the advancement of marketing practice and theory, with emphasis on technology and technology intensive products. This perspective acknowledges the complexity and importance of linking innovation, technology and marketing issues, as well as the necessity of innovatively marketing technology and technology intensive products. For this, we welcome all kinds of research.


With a general topic of innovation and technology marketing themes, specific topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Social Media and Web 2.0
  • Brand Management
  • Internal and External Communication
  • Technological Entrepreneurship


Alexander Brem

Mini Track Call for Papers: Diversity and Entrepreneurship pdficon_large.gif

Track Co-Chairs: Dr Sandra Fielden, University of Manchester, UK and Dr Marianne Tremaine, Massey University, New Zealand

The number of minorities entering small business ownership, e.g. women; black, minority, asian ethnic (BAME); disabled people; third age/retired people; gay people; migrants and indigenous populations; has increased significantly across the world (Lund 2006; Levent 2008). These groups make a crucial contribution to the economic growth and development of local, national and global economies. Yet, despite their increasing numbers, they have received little attention from the academic community. In small business and entrepreneurial research the trend has been to view entrepreneurs as a homogeneous group, rather than recognising the inherent diversity and its implications (e.g. Wood, Davidson and Fielden, in press).

The aim of this track would to bring together the latest academic research in the area of Diversity and Entrepreneurship, providing a forum for the discussion of the distinctive challenges facing these groups, while considering new research directions and practical ways forward for these distinctive minority groups into entrepreneurship.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

§         Gender

§         Black, minority, asian ethnic (BAME)

§         Disabled

§         Third age/retired

§         Gay and Lesbian

§         Migrants and indigenous populations


Sandra Fielden

Marianne Tremaine

Mini Track Call for Papers: Entrepreneurial Learning and Educationpdficon_large.gif

Track Co-Chairs: Dr Alexandros Kakouris, University of Athens, Greece and Dr Doan Winkel, Illinois State University, USA

The mini track will focus on entrepreneurship education which is a growing field in recent research. Due to the lack of a coherent theory, entrepreneurship education is highly experiential, based on real life entrepreneurial learning. Kirznerian alertness and/or the effectuation theory introduce alternatives into entrepreneurial practice. Schön’s “reflective practitioning” has also been central in management studies, an issue to be further exploited as a means of entrepreneurial learning. From the point of critical pedagogy, the balance between communicative and instrumental learning has to be discussed and justified for both entrepreneurial learning and instruction. Successful adoption of the previous theories in entrepreneurship is expected to enhance understanding of real business ventures and also improve the impact of entrepreneurship education.


This track is designed to involve both educators and entrepreneurship researchers in a discussion regarding entrepreneurial learning and pedagogies, enhancing students’ classroom experience, and the linkages between current practices in entrepreneurship education and the observed entrepreneurial behaviour.


Topics may include but are not limited to:

§         Innovative teaching methods in entrepreneurship education

§         Experiential decision making and entrepreneurial alertness

§         Learning from failure

§         Fostering reflection in entrepreneurial pedagogies

§         Mapping the impact of entrepreneurship education

§         Game learning in entrepreneurship education


Alexandros Kakouris

Doan Winkel

Mini Track Call for Papers: Corporate Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets pdficon_large.gif

Track Chair: Dr Jun Li, University of Essex, UK

Entrepreneurship has been well recognised as a driving force of economic growth in emerging markets (Bruton & Ahlstrom, 2008). Along with the dynamics of new venture formation is the ascendance of a good number of larger companies that have become the backbone of emerging economies, and which are establishing themselves in the global market. For example, Lenovo, Haier Electronics and BYD of China, Tata Group and Reliance Industries of India, and Petrobra of Brazil have been widely recognised as some of the most innovative companies in the world (Bloomberg Businessweek, 2011). However, the role corporate entrepreneurship (CE) plays in the economic success of emerging markets and the ways CE moderates social, human and intellectual capital in creating competitive advantages are still less well understood (Dess et al. 2003). Furthermore, the various forms of CE and their implications for organizational learning, leadership and social exchange in the CE process need further investigation. This mini-track aims at debating and advancing research in this important field.

Topics of CE in the emerging market context may include but are not limited to:

§         Corporate entrepreneurship strategy

§         Characteristics of intrapreneurs and the intrapreneurial process

§         middle manager's participation in CE activities

§         CE and firm performance

§         Forms of CE (e.g., sustained regeneration, domain redefinition)

§         CE and organizational learning

§         Role of leadership and social exchange in the CE process

§         CE in an international context.

§         CE and HRM practices

§         CE in family firms

§         CE in network organisations

§         External and internal environments for corporate entrepreneurship


Jun Li

Mini Track Call for Papers:
Cross Border Business Development pdficon_large.gif

Track Chair: Dr Maria Theresia Semmelrock-Picej, Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt, biztec, Austria

Nowadays competition is no longer limited to regional boundaries. This mini track seeks contributions that discuss the management of multicultural and/or multilingual cross border business development. In particular, we want to focus on topics concerning the creation and implementation of new cross-border/international business processes, products, services and methods, which lead to significant economic improvements of the whole cross-border region. In line with the theme of this conference, we aim to highlight the issue of innovation and entrepreneurship in this context, both in terms of developing new models, methods and techniques for research and practice. These developments include the choice of research methods and practices for exploring all dimensions of innovations and entrepreneurship as well as advanced technological tools and techniques for cross border business development. We welcome papers with an IT-focus with emphasis on cross border collaboration methods, tools and techniques and also the non-technological impact.

We encourage submissions both from an academic as well as a practical perspective. The main topics expected to be covered in this mini-track include but are not limited to the following:

§         Novel ways of employing qualitative or quantitative methods or of mixing the two for cross border business (model) development

§         Economic, legal, cultural, ethical, sociological and psychological challenges and obstacles in translating ideas to successful businesses in multicultural and multilingual cross border regions

§         Change management, human resource management and leadership aspects of cross border business

§         Development and/or utilization of advanced IT based multilingual cross border business solutions and tools

§         Measurement issues


Maria Semmelrock-Picej

Mini Track Call for Papers:
Public Policies to Support Innovation and Entrepreneurship pdficon_large.gif

Track Chair: Professor Milan Todorovic, Union Nikola Tesla University, Belgrade, Serbia

The aim of this mini track is to look at the trends and key features of policies and systems used by governments to support entrepreneurship and innovation in the business sector. We are interested in research that identifies good practice and compares business innovation policies across different countries, as well as the role of public policy in emerging economies in encouraging strategic entrepreneurship.  In addition we would like to see evidence of whether the mixed models of private/public ownership that typify many emerging economies really have a positive economic impact in society.

Topics may include, but are not restricted to:

§       Key trends in business innovation policies.

§       Policies to encourage business spending on research and development and the respective merits and demerits of direct and indirect support measures such as grants and tax credits.

§       The rationales and good design features of a range of additional policies to encourage and facilitate entrepreneurship and innovation in business. These policies include: financial support for innovative start-ups; innovation hubs and centres of excellence; technology-related networks; and technology incubators.

§       A review and assessment of policies that stimulate demand for innovation and facilitate commercialisation of innovative ideas, whether through innovation-oriented regulations, standards or public procurement.

§       Methodological approaches and metrics to evaluate policies to foster entrepreneurship and innovation in business and observations on policy mix issues

§       The evaluation of business innovation policies, public support for business R&D, demand-side and non R&D based support for business innovation.


Milan Todorovic

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 1  (extended to 16 March 2012). 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 19 April 2012 (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 prefers that an author presents only one paper. However, if multiple papers are accepted for publication and presentation, each paper requires a separate registration fee.


Important dates


Abstract submission deadline:

01 March 2012

Now closed

Prizes will be awarded for the best
PhD paper and best poster

Notification of abstract acceptance:

08 March 2012

Now completed

Full paper due for review:

19 April 2012


Notification of paper acceptance (with any requested changes):

28 June 2012


Earlybird registration closes:

12 July 2012

Now closed

Final paper due (with changes):

26 July 2012


Final author payment date:

16 August 2012



Last updated 23 August 2012


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