SIG 03 Entrepreneurship (ENT) Description:


The Entrepreneurship SIG aims to develop an intriguing, explorative, reflecting, ongoing, and constructive dialogue among entrepreneurship scholars and practitioners to lead research and to define best practices that are relevant for entrepreneurs in the contemporary world. The Entrepreneurship SIG intends to promote research, debate, collaborations, and networking interests both in individual and in collaborative forms by providing a wide-ranging, engaged, and international focused agora to develop and foster research and practice in the field. The Entrepreneurship SIG focuses on the key European feature – ‘context matters’ – 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 Chair Matthias  Raith (Otto-von-Guericke University, Germany)  raith@ovgu.de

SIG Programme Chair Marzena  Starnawska (University of Warsaw, Poland) mstarnawska ( at ) wz.uw.edu.pl

SIG Programme Chair-Elect Luca  Gnan (University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy)  luca.gnan@uniroma2.it

Past Chair,  Massimiliano   M. Pellegrini (University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Italy)  dr.massimiliano.pellegrini@gmail.com

Past Chair, Lucrezia   Songini (Eastern Piedmont University, Italy)  lucrezia.songini@uniupo.it  

Past Chair and Entrepreneurship SIG Founder Hans   Lundberg (Linnaeus University, Sweden)  hans.lundberg@lnu.se

Communication Officers Giulia   Flamini (University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy  giulia.flamini@uniroma2.it Damiano  Petrolo (University of Roma Tor Vergata, Italy)  damiano.petrolo@uniroma2.it


GT 03_00 Entrepreneurship General Track

GT 03_00 Entrepreneurship General Track

The SIG Entrepreneurship General Track aims 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. This general track is intended to capture new and emerging research areas within as well as classical areas of study of entrepreneurship. In line with our mission– methodological, theoretical and empirical pluralism in entrepreneurship research – we welcome contributions from all areas related to entrepreneurship that are not explicitly covered by the other tracks sponsored by the SIG.

Publication Outlet: IAP book series "The Entrepreneurship SIG at European Academy of Management: New Horizons with strong Traditions"

For more information contact: Lucrezia Songini -  lucrezia.songini@uniupo.it

Link:  GT03_00


ST03_01/ST06_01/ST13_01 - Business Model - Strategy, Innovation, and Entrepreneurial Venturing (co-sponsored by Entrepreneurship SIG-03, Innovation SIG-06 and Strategic Management SIG-13)

Business Model - Strategy, Innovation, and Entrepreneurial Venturing

The business model topic attracts continued interest in business research and practice (Massa et al., 2017; Foss & Saebi, 2017, Zott, Baden-Fuller and Mangematin; 2015: Spieth et al., 2014). However, despite ongoing research efforts to understand the business model and its role in firm performance, scholars face persistent questions about constituent components, sequences, and contingencies for the process of business model innovation, impacting strategic intents of the firm to develop new value-creating and value-capturing activities.


For more information contact:  Patrick Spieth,  University of Kassel,  spieth@uni-kassel.de


ST03_02/ST06_12/ST11_04 - Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurship (co-sponsored by Entrepreneurship SIG-03, Innovation SIG-06 and Public and Non-Profit Management SIG-11)

This track focuses on research and innovative entrepreneurship practices in the arts business and cultural & creative industries (CCI). They have become one of the most important and innovative economic sectors, in which cultural and creative entrepreneurs perceive opportunities and create organizations. Therefore, a scientific focus on entrepreneurship, management and entrepreneurial marketing and finance in creative arts business seems necessary, e.g., personnel management or governance issues. In this context, the topics of key antecedents, effects and specifics of cultural and creative entrepreneurship need to to be explored from a theoretical perspective as well as in practice.


For more information contact:  Elmar Konrad , University of Applied Sciences Mainz,  elmar.konrad@hs-mainz.de


ST03_03 - Entrepreneurial Decision Making and Behaviour

There is a general agreement that the creation, success, longevity, and survival of SMEs are deeply linked to the effectiveness of decision-making processes. Entrepreneurial decisions are affected both internally, at the individual level of the entrepreneur’s cognition, values, intentions and emotions, as well as externally, due to the continuous negotiation with different stakeholders. The impact of these decisions’ characteristics and their relation to those of other actors is a fundamental topic to be investigated by entrepreneurship scholars. For this reason, the track welcomes novel research approaches that are conceptual or empirical.


For more information contact:  Sara Sassetti , University of Florence,  sara.sassetti@unifi.it


ST03_04 - Entrepreneurial Finance

Entrepreneurial companies are the backbone of economic development. Yet, these firms often suffer from a lack of internal finance which limits their growth and survival. The availability of external finance is hence a key element in entrepreneurial ecosystems. Recently, the availability of external finance has changed dramatically. Whereas a large number of “traditional” investors (e.g. banks or venture capitalists) had to recover from the financial crisis, a novel set of financial instruments have emerged, such incubators, proof-of-concept centers or crowdfunding platforms. Considering the importance of these phenomena, it is crucial to understand how they influence the development of entrepreneurial finance.


For more information contact:  Anita Quas , University of Milan,  anita.quas@unimi.it


ST03_05 - Entrepreneurship, Regions & Regional Development

The main power of regional contexts is their ability to incubate high level of entrepreneurial activities, greater engagement with the global networks of production, employment, creation of first-class thinkers, researchers, educators and entrepreneurs, so to increase quality of the society and the economy. The following broad set of the topics will be considered: To what extent does forced migration and refugee status impact on regional development in similar and/or different ways to other types of migration? How does innovation and entrepreneurial behaviours evolve and diffuse over hierarchical social networks in private and public organizations? What are the effects of contents.


For more information contact:  Marina Dabic,  Nottingham Trent University and University of Zagreb, Faculty of Economics and Business,  marina.dabic@ntu.ac.uk


ST03_06 - Social Entrepreneurship and Societal Change

There has been an undeniable “social turn” in business and in the market that is increasingly absorbing ideas about sustainability, stakeholders’ interests and social enterprise. This track calls for papers investigating the impact of social and environmental concerns in the strategies of new ventures or existing ones, and in the formation of social enterprises and other forms of social movements in business to meet the grand challenges facing societies all over the world. We also welcome papers that investigate the reverse relation i.e., the influence of entrepreneurial activities on institutional, environmental and societal contexts.


For more information contact:  Marzena Starnawska , University of Warsaw,  mstarnawska ( at ) wz.uw.edu.pl





T03_07/T06_14/T09_07 - Artificial Intelligence as an Enabler for Venture Creation, Innovation, and Organizational Change

Artificial Intelligence is perhaps the most promising architectural innovation in the 21st Century and will impact all aspects of society and businesses in far greater magnitude than any previous digital revolution (Makridakis, 2017). Given its powerful technological capabilities, AI is a promising enabler for organizations: It facilitates new venture creation processes (Nambisan, 2016), reshapes the nature of the innovation process and organization of R&D (Cockburn, Henderson, & Stern, 2018), augment management work (Kolbjørnsrud, Amico, & Thomas, 2016). Therefore, this track invites both conceptual and empirical research that examines the question of how AI can enable venture creation, innovation, and organizational change.


For more information contact:  Yann Truong , Burgundy School of Business,  yann.truong@bsb-education.com


T03_08 - Entrepreneurial education, academic entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial university

Universities should update their knowledge, modernise their study programmes, and harmonise their research activities with the needs of industry and the private business sector, but they also need their feedback and support. This call highlights the key role of universities in the national innovation system from the perspective of academic entrepreneurship, joint R&D and stronger industry cooperation and entrepreneurial education. We would like to open a discussion about current concepts, actions and proper approach toward an entrepreneurial university, and presents some criticism as well as supporting opinions. Entrepreneurship is an economic and social phenomenon, a research object, and, an academic and teaching subject.


For more information contact:  Marina Dabic,  Nottingham Trent University and University of Zagreb, Faculty of Economics and Business,  marina.dabic@ntu.ac.uk


T03_09 - Entrepreneurial Management

The track welcomes research that contributes to a better understanding of behaviour and mechanisms constituting the formation and diffusion of entrepreneurial management, i.e. when management behaves entrepreneurially and acts upon opportunities. These practices refer to a range of means (management structure, knowledge management, HR system) that help a firm to remain competitive and contribute to organizational goals (growth, innovation) and societal value creation (well-being, decent work). The track provides an opportunity to take stock on these developments and to address entrepreneurial management in combination with related fields (dynamic capabilities, internationalization). A critical issue is a better understanding of contextual factors.


For more information contact:  Simon Fietze , University of Southern Denmark,  simonf@sam.sdu.dk


T03_10 - Entrepreneurial Processes

Entrepreneurship is the result of planned activities and random occurrences, of predetermined actions and rash decisions, of personal inclinations and social expectations. Thus, scholars are more and more inclined to talk about entrepreneuring or entrepreneurship processes. This track calls for papers investigating antecedents (psychological traits, contextualfactors, or governmental tools/actions), dynamics (individual or team-work aiming to test/validate entrepreneurial ideas), and possible outcomes (i.e. new ventures creation) of entrepreneurship processes. Scholars are also invited to explore the role of the crowd that – beyond crowd funding– can propose ideas (crowd-wisdom), suggest insights to refer to new products/services (crowd-creation) and provide a feedback (crowd-voting) about new entrepreneurial ideas on dedicated platforms.

The authors of papers submitted at track T03_10 “Entrepreneurial Processes” that disclose a good fit and potential for development will be invited to submit a new version of the paper to the Special Issue titled "Digital Transformation, Strategic Management and Entrepreneurial Process: Dynamics, Challenges, Opportunities" on Journal of Strategy and Management (an Emerald Journal).  https://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/call_for_papers.htm?id=8821.


For more information contact:  Diego Matricano , Department of Management, Università degli Studi della Campania ,  diego.matricano@unicampania.it


T03_11 - Entrepreneurship vs. Managerialization & Professionalization in SMEs

The topic welcomes empirical and conceptual contributions on the professionalization and managerialization in SMEs and family business (FB), realized through the introduction of professional competences and formal managerial systems. SMEs and FBs often see professional management and entrepreneurial management as mutually exclusive concepts. Nevertheless, when grievance, cognitive conflicts or business concerns emerge, they may perceive entrepreneurial management as an obstacle for exploiting successful behaviours. Therefore, facing these tensions, balancing professional management and entrepreneurial management becomes one of the greater challenges for SMEs.


For more information contact:  Giulia Flamini , Rome Tor Vergata University,  giulia.flamini@uniroma2.it


T03_12 - Female entrepreneurship

More than thirty years have passed since the first study on female entrepreneurship has been published and since then an outpouring of research on the topic has emerged. Interestingly, to date, some pioneering scholars are contributing to moving ahead the field by reframing the established research questions, by proposing possible new research directions, by employing new empirical methods and theoretical approaches or by investigating new contexts. This track aims to encourage the adoption of new perspectives in the study of female entrepreneurship, able to demolish or confirm the established knowledge, as well as to investigate new issues on female entrepreneurship.


For more information contact:  Michela Mari , Tor Vergata University,  michela.mari@uniroma2.it


T03_13 - Growth Strategies & Internationalization for SMEs

SMEs growth strategies have been recently marked by increasing levels of internationalization. This evolution is not limited to exports or international outsourcing: it is indeed a brand new way of doing business. Internationalization of SMEs is challenging existing knowledge. Management scholars are invited to provide new perspectives on international entrepreneurial strategies of SMEs, their challenges and evolving business models, their relation to countries of destination, timing and entry mode, managerial tools, organizational structure, quality of acquired knowledge, relationships with multinationals and institutions. Theoretical contributions, reflections, and empirical analyses are welcome, provided they focus on SMEs.


For more information contact:  Lara Penco , University of Genoa,  lara.penco@economia.unige.it


T01_11/T03_14/ T04_06 - Immigrant Entrepreneurship

In our era of unprecedented worldwide migration, immigrant entrepreneurship changes its face. New contexts and types of migrants cause dynamics in host (and home) countries and challenge the state of the art in research. Issues like the impact on host societies, ecosystems, and the dynamics between migrant generations are in infant stages. As a phenomenon, migrant entrepreneurship is an upcoming issue for researchers and policy-makers for a number of reasons: (civil) wars, intercultural conflicts, over-crowding and poverty. As such, it addresses sustainable development challenges (e.g. no poverty, decent work and economic growth, and reducing inequalities). We encourage new perspectives and methods as well as novel research approaches to this field by addressing the individual, group and family dimension.


For more information contact:  Beata Glinka , University of Warsaw, Faculty of Management,  b.glinka@uw.edu.pl


T03_15 - Micro-entrepreneurship and Microenterprises

Micro-enterprises (< 10 employees) form the basis of national economies (Makowska et al. 2019). Micro-enterprises need managerial capability to take over new long-term strategic and operational changes related to megatrends such as digitalization, labour mobility, climate change and digitalization. Politicians and scholars emphasize the importance of economic growth and internationalization for companies, but those are not enough for in-depth understanding the scale and success of micro- and small-scale companies. Therefore, we bring out research to investigate success and management in the contexts of micro-enterprises.


For more information contact:  Anna-Mari Simunaniemi,  University of Oulu, Kerttu Saalasti Institute, MicroENTRE research group,  anna-mari.simunaniemi@oulu.fi


T03_16 - Sharing Economy: Entrepreneurship, Business Models and Ecosystems

The peer-to-peer Sharing Economy tackles the challenges of inclusiveness by linking peers with idling assets to peers in need of assets. In line with the EURAM 2020, this track promotes the “Business of Now” of Sharing Economy which replaces the utility of possession by utility of disposition to leverage the processes and mechanisms of a future of sustainability. The sharing economy has improves both ecological and economic efficiency to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through promoting collective consumption, shifting choices from ownership to demand-fulfilment, dropping carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions by reducing the resources required.


For more information contact:  Djamchid Assadi , Burgundy School of Business BSB, France,  djamchid.assadi@bsb-education.com djamchid.assadi@bsb-education.com


T03_17 - Solo self-employment and freelancing in the modern economy

This track calls for papers on the self-employed without employees, an under-researched area in the field of self-employment, that describes a heterogeneous category of self-employment that range from successful high-earning freelancers to precarious, contingent workers, with little job security and low income. As well as research on the characteristics and well-being of these workers, we are also interested in the factors that motivate entry into this mode of employment as well as transitioning out of solo self-employment into self-employment with employees.


For more information contact:  Dieter Boegenhold,  Klagenfurt University,  dieter.boegenhold@aau.at


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