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Call for Papers, Posters, Round Table Proposals, Practitioner Contributions and Product Demonstrations for the 8th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship ECIE 2013

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The conference provides an international opportunity for scientific discussion and collaboration on a broad range of relevant fertile areas associated to recent trends in innovation. Over the last years, there is a growing recognition in business environments of the key role played by innovation in the creation and success of businesses. In a dynamic environment, uncertain contexts like those we are currently experiencing, the capacity and necessary attitude for creating new firms is fundamental and the probability of success is largely determined by innovation. At the same time there is a growing recognition of the need of more sustainable innovation, combining economic, ecologic and social aspects. These challenges combined with limited internal resources and high risk and complexity enhance (social) networking in innovation and entrepreneurship. At the same time, policy makers face important challenges to stimulate and provide the necessary means for innovation and entrepreneurship.

We warmly invite practitioners, academics, and people in the field of policy making to present their research and to share their experiences in a broad range of areas related to the new trends in innovation and entrepreneurship. Topics can be related to all types of organizations (SMEs - YICs - spin-offs - MNEs – private and public research centres – Universities – Government Institutions)

Publication opportunity
Papers accepted for the conference will be published in the conference proceedings, subject to author registration and payment. Selected papers that have been presented at the conference 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. In addition selected papers will also be considered for a special issue of the Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Innovation (JEMI)

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, the advisory group invite submissions to the following mini tracks:

Submission details are given below. The conference will broadly be organized around but not limited to the following:

·       Sustainable (Ecological) Innovation and Entrepreneurship

·       Policy frameworks and impact of Science and Technology policy measures for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

·       Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Regional Economic Development

·       Human Resources (including Mobility issues) for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

·       Entrepreneurial Learning and Education

·       Open Innovation and External Knowledge Interactions

  • Social networks in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Corporate Finance and Financial Constraints for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Strategies, business models, processes and practices for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Management practices in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship during Economic and Financial Crisis
  • Value Creation, Product Development and Intellectual Property




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. Additionally a prize will be awarded to the best PhD paper presented at the conference.


Mini Track Call for Papers on Approaching the Cliff: New Frontiers for Entrepreneurship Education   Click the icon to download a .pdf

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

Doan Winkel

Alexandros Kakouris



University-based entrepreneurship curricula and pedagogy have become topics of tremendous interest in academic institutions around the world.  This interest has created numerous approaches to incorporating entrepreneurship into an academic community and, more specifically, to addressing the challenges inherent in developing effective strategies to allow university students to practice entrepreneurship.  Those institutions and individuals creating and delivering entrepreneurship education seek to provide various students (undergraduate, graduate, business, non-business, etc.) with skills, strategies, knowledge, and motivation to improve their chances of entrepreneurial success.  This success could manifest in, for instance, founding a sustainable business, or transforming an existing small business or corporation in innovative ways.  Preliminary evidence suggests that entrepreneurship education is indeed related to becoming an entrepreneur and to entrepreneurial success.  However, given the rapid pace of adoption of entrepreneurship education in higher education institutions across the globe, and the technological, regulatory, economic and other contextual revolutions occurring in today’s world, today’s entrepreneurship educator can be easily overwhelmed with the task of preparing their students for an entrepreneurial career.

The purpose of this track is to describe, analyze, and improve our understanding of effective practices in engaging students in the entrepreneurship classroom.  We seek conceptual and empirical (both qualitative and quantitative) contributions that consider the learning and educational implications of entrepreneurship for business and non-business educators, for-profit and non-profit businesses, and community organizations.  More specifically, this track aims to address challenges and emerging solutions in the entrepreneurial classroom and beyond.  In this vein, we encourage submissions that address entrepreneurship education in academic or non-academic settings.  Entrepreneurship education is broadly defined as any activity designed to help students learn about, practice, and engage in entrepreneurial activity.

This track is designed to involve both educators and entrepreneurship researchers in a discussion regarding pedagogical approaches to teaching entrepreneurship, enhancing students’ classroom experience, and the linkages between current practices in entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial behaviour. Transnational practices will be discussed in order to map and assess the provision of entrepreneurial courses in a more global framework.

Recommended topics include:


·         How are schools implementing an entrepreneurship curriculum?

·         What sequence structures work and why do those structures work?

·         How can immersion activities educators’ use help to encourage students to practice entrepreneurship?  How do these affect the individual differently than a group?

·         How do extracurricular activities enhance student learning?


·         Are pedagogical approaches focused on processes (such as business modelling and the related the customer development/lean startup process) more motivating for students?  Does this differ if the approach is focused on an individual or team? 

  • How does institutional culture influence curricular and co-curricular learning experiences of students involved in entrepreneurial activities?


Submissions can be made on-line directly on the Abstract submission page



Mini Track Call for Papers on Indigenous Entrepreneurship and Innovation   Click the icon to download a .pdf

Track Chair: Dr Ella Henry, Auckland University of Technology , New Zealand

Ella Henry



Indigenous peoples around the world have been profoundly affected by the colonial process, which has often resulted in impoverishment and cultural malaise in their communities. Indigenous Entrepreneurship is one way that indigenous peoples have been able to rebuild their communities in culturally and socially sustainable ways. Indigenous Entrepreneurship is a small but growing field within the Management academy, drawing from a range of disciplines including sociology, development and political studies and economics.

The publication of the seminal text ‘International Handbook of Research on Indigenous Entrepreneurship’ (2007), edited by Leo-Paul Dana and Robert Anderson, brought the burgeoning community of indigenous entrepreneurship researchers together. This Mini Track will build on that text and provide an opportunity for new and emerging research and scholars to share their works, highlight entrepreneurship and innovation in their communities and further develop the field.

Recommended topics include but are not limited to:


  • Developing Multidisciplinary Theories of Indigenous Entrepreneurship
  • Indigenous Entrepreneurship & Social Transformation
  • Empowerment Through Indigenous Entrepreneurship and Innovation


  • Indigenous Entrepreneurship & Cultural Revitalisation
  • Developing the economic potential of indigenous communities
  • Other related topics


Submissions can be made on-line directly on the Abstract submission page



Mini Track Call for Papers on Entrepreneurship, innovation and internationalization   Click the icon to download a .pdf

Track Chair: Dr Filip De Beule, Lessius University College, Antwerp, Belgium

Filip De Beule



This track focuses on the growing international role played by young entrepreneurial firms aka "born globals" or “international new ventures” and on the internationalization of the entrepreneurial and innovative activities of established firms.

New firms and innovative SMEs are playing an increasing role as drivers of growth and job creation in the economy, but they face major challenges in responding to globalisation and the shift to new forms of innovation. New firm start-ups and innovative SMEs increasingly operate in international markets, exposing them to foreign competition and providing them with new opportunities.

At the same time, globalisation is increasing the importance of cross-border knowledge flows about markets, suppliers and technologies, which help to upgrade competitiveness and stimulate firm growth. Established firms increasingly also take advantage of their international network to add to their competitive advantage.  Access to knowledge flows is particularly important in the context of the widespread adoption of open innovation methods in many sectors. This involves collaborations between new and small firms and other firms and organisations in developing new products and services, new process technologies and new organisational models. Foreign partners can be particularly valuable in such knowledge exchange networks. Indeed, export orientation and active innovation networks are the core characteristics associated with rapid SME growth.

Research topics for submission can include, but are not restricted to:


·       Born-global firms or international new ventures and entrepreneurship and innovation;

·       The role of context in entrepreneurship/learning/knowledge/innovation;

·       International entrepreneurship, international entrepreneurial orientation;


·       Intra-firm and inter-firm networks for innovation;

·       The management of entrepreneurship, learning, innovation and knowledge creation and transfer;

·       Other relevant and interesting topics related to the same subject.



Submissions can be made on-line directly on the Abstract submission page



Mini Track Call for Papers on Innovation in the Public Sector   Click the icon to download a .pdf

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

Milan Todorovic



It appears evident that the public sector has a great potential for innovation, but this is still not sufficiently recognized or seen as being as valuable as it can be. Generally, activities by public organizations and institutions are seen as either regulatory frameworks for innovation activities or as more or less passive providers of inputs to private sector innovation or as recipients and users of innovative products generated by a private sector. The limits of public management theory and practice, mixed experiences with privatization and growing socio-economic and environmental concerns, all of these highlighted the crucial role of the public sector in the society. Clearly the role of the public sector activities in our societies is more important for socio-economic development and for the achievement of the ultimate welfare objectives that underpin the goals of public activities and policies.

Innovation in the public sector can be divided into several types, such as: new or improved services, process innovation, administrative innovation, system innovation, conceptual innovation and radical change of rationality that shows the mental matrix shift of the employees of an organization. There is a commonly held belief that the incentive structure of the private sector generate more innovation than the one found in the public sector. This has lead to a drive towards ‘privatization’ of the public sector, in the meaning of making public institutions more like private ones. This mini-track examines the nature of innovation and a common set of strategies, including new public management, to achieve such streamlining in the public sector. It also, identifies specific barriers to such innovation and reviews a range of support actions that could reduce these barriers.


This mini-track welcomes theoretical and empirical contributions focusing on, without being limited to, the following topics:

·       General frameworks for understanding innovation in the public sector

·       Support actions that could alleviate barriers to innovation in the public sector

·       ‘Privatization’ of the public sector and strategies to make public institutions more look like private ones


·        Specific barriers to innovation in the public sector

·        New public management and introduction of new systems for measuring production and efficiency and linking funding to performance

·        Case studies and examples of the projects that can be potential innovation drivers for the public sector



Submissions can be made on-line directly on the Abstract submission page



Mini Track Call for Papers on Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies   Click the icon to download a .pdf

Track Co-Chairs: Dr Yipeng Liu, University of Kent, UK and  Dr Jun Li, University of Essex, UK

Yipeng Liu

Jun Li



The global economic downturn in the aftermath of the economic crisis in 2008 is shaping the entrepreneurship landscape across the world. Stagnating economic growth, persistent high unemployment rates and shrinking spending power in the public and household sectors have not only changed entrepreneurial environments in the developed economies, but they have  also altered the entrepreneurship outlook in emerging economies as both economies are so much interrelated. Entrepreneurs in emerging economies have responded to the constraint-based economy by applying frugal innovation approach to opportunity exploration and opportunity exploitation. Emerging economies, such as China or India, also promote entrepreneurship unconventionally by attracting global talents back to their home country (Liu, 2011). This type of entrepreneurs, dubbed returnee entrepreneurs or transnational entrepreneurs, mobilizes resource, knowledge and know-how globally across borders to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities. The reversed brain drain has significant impact on both emerging and developed economies  (Wadhwa, Saxenian, & Siciliano, 2012). Entrepreneurship in emerging economies under the circumstances of global economic downturn begs answers to questions. For example, how do existing small businesses respond to a major economic downturn? How do entrepreneurs innovate to turn a constraint-based economy into an opportunity-bound economy? How do different stakeholders from emerging and developed economies profit from the returnee entrepreneurial phenomenon to generate value instead of being hurt? What is the effect of sub-national institution variations on the development of varying entrepreneurial policy (Li & Geng, 2012)? How can government and entrepreneurs contribute to institutional development and building process (Liu, Cao, & Xing, 2013)? This mini-track aims to stimulate scholarly debates on how to leverage the economic downturn to bolster innovation and entrepreneurship with a focus on emerging economies.


Research topics for submission can include, but are not restricted to:


·       Small businesses responses to economic downturn

·       Global talent management and returnee entrepreneurship

·       Sub-national institutions, the role of government and regional entrepreneurial policy

·       Entrepreneurs’ strategy in emerging economies, for instance, frugal innovation


·       Entrepreneurship and inclusive development

·       Entrepreneurship and sustainable development

·       Entrepreneurship, growth and job creation

·       Education, training and entrepreneurial competence building

·       Entrepreneurs and institutional development



Submissions can be made on-line directly on the Abstract submission page



Mini Track Call for Papers on Sustainable Innovation and Entrepreneurship   Click the icon to download a .pdf

Track Chair: Prof Dr Alina Badulescu, University of Oradea, Romania

Alina Badulescu



Sustainability and sustainable development are complex concepts, directly related to the People-Planet-Profit paradigm and the response to new ventures. As a spin-off concept, sustainable entrepreneurship as opposed to the classical, so-called “selfish entrepreneurship”, focuses on the behaviour of individuals. Sustainable entrepreneurship introduces a new business model whereby people are driven not only by gains for themselves, but also by acting ethically and behaving responsibly towards the community, the environment and future generations. Initially considered as a business approach valid only for large organisations, sustainable entrepreneurship is more and more interesting in SMEs, given both their collective contribution to economic growth and the advantages procured for the economy by promoting a sustainable business model.

This track aims to address specific issues related to sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship, such as the theoretical conceptualisation of new ways of sustainable entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs, challenging factors, conditions and limitations, macroeconomic and social impact of sustainable entrepreneurship, as well as entrepreneurship in tourism and other sustainable industries. The track welcomes both conceptual papers, and empirical contributions considering sustainability as dimension in innovation and entrepreneurship..


Research topics for submission can include, but are not restricted to:


·         Eco-preneurship (environmental) entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, institutional entrepreneurship

·         Sustainable entrepreneurship as an instrument for social change and social innovation

·         How social entrepreneurship can create sustainable economic value


·         Factors and conditions influencing sustainable entrepreneurship

·         Entrepreneurship in sustainable tourism and other industries

·         Lifestyle entrepreneurs, bioneers and other sustainable entrepreneurs



Submissions can be made on-line directly on the Abstract submission page



Mini Track Call for Papers on Employee driven innovation and workplace Learning   Click the icon to download a .pdf

Track Chair: Dr Ann-Charlotte Teglborg, Novancia, Business School Paris, France

Ann-Charlotte Teglborg



Innovation has a number of different sources, variations and foci, among these research-driven and user-driven innovation. Surprisingly, a relatively underdeveloped source and form of innovation is employee driven innovation: i.e. innovation involving active participation by employees in and for the organizations they are employed. Employees are playing and can potentially play a much more active role in innovation, which can lead to the introduction of new products, services and work methods, and ongoing improvement in existing products, processes and issues of work organization.

Although different theoretical approaches to work organization based on a number of management theories touch on employee-driven innovation as a factor for business development, there is still no major theory of employee-driven innovation.  Employee-driven innovation (EDI) is a new research field attracting attention from a range of different disciplines and theoretical approaches.

Literature identifies employee-driven innovation to belong to the broader categories of non-R&D innovation and high involvement innovation. It focuses on innovative practices contributed by any employee on all levels of the organization. Extant research takes as a point of departure the recognition that it is possible to gain access to such learning and innovation processes and to describes, understand and investigate them from the perspective of the employees. This can be done by focusing on all types of employees in the learning environment the workplace constitutes, its work organization, and its cultural and structural organization of work tasks etc.


With the aim of contributing to the development of this emerging field of study, we encourage conceptual and empirical contributions that draw on different theoretical streams and disciplines, adopt diverse research methodologies and examine multiple levels of analysis. Some of the questions/topics that can be addressed are:


  • How to conceptualize employee-driven innovation as a new mode of innovation?
  • Exploring the employee-driven innovation concept across nations and cultures.
  • Exploring employee-driven innovation in network at the global level.


  • What is the role of the welfare state and labour market institutions?
  • How do enterprises develop capacity for employee-driven innovation?
  • Exploring processes of the social dialogue and innovative work behavior.



Submissions can be made on-line directly on the Abstract submission page


Mini Track Call for Papers on Business/innovation ecosystem for emerging industries   Click the icon to download a .pdf

Track Co-Chairs: Dr Liang Guo, Rouen Business School, France and Dr Ke Rong, Bournemouth University, UK

Liang Guo

Ke Rong



The current dynamic business environment has led to the level of business competition moving away from a focus on organisations’ supply chain towards  business ecosystems. A business/innovation ecosystem is an expanded supply chain involving universities, industry associations, governments and other stakeholders. The concept of a business ecosystem is demanding for practitioners and often requires the organisation of cross-industry collaboration to cope with the dynamic business environment.

The concept of a business ecosystem has been adopted by a number of emerging industries including Mobile computing (iPhone online store, Android ecosystem), Electric Vehicles, Semiconductors and Wind Power .

Business Ecosystems offers the opportunity for practitioners and academic researchers to try to understand the totality of a business system and inter-dependence of stakeholders to cope with uncertain and dynamic environments. The business ecosystem theory has expanded the business network boundary which contributes to strategic management, product and technology innovation theories as well as the operation management theory.

Submissions may include, but are not restricted to:


  • New product development within the context of a business ecosystem:
  • Community Innovation and stakeholders
  • Innovation ecosystems and open innovation


  • Social innovation
  • Dynamic supply chains
  • Emerging industries



Submissions can be made on-line directly on the Abstract submission page





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 28 February 2013. (Extended until 15 March 2013)



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 18 April 2013 (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:

28 February 2013

Extended until 15 March

Notification of abstract acceptance:

07 March 2013


Full paper due for review:

18 April 2013


Notification of paper acceptance (with any requested changes):

27 June 2013


Earlybird registration closes:

11 July 2013

Now closed

Final paper due (with changes):

25 July 2013


Final author payment date:

15 August 2013



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


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