4th European Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ECEI 2009)

Venue: The University of Antwerp, Belgium

Location: Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

Event Date/Time: Sep 10, 2009 End Date/Time: Sep 11, 2009
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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

Action research, case studies and research-in-progress are welcomed approaches. Poster submissions, proposals for roundtable discussions, practitioner contributions and product demonstrations based on the main themes are also invited.

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, submissions are welcomed to three mini tracks: Modelling very early stage valorisation projects, co-chaired by Johan Braet, University of Antwerp, Belgium and Magnus Klofsten, Linköping University, Sweden; The front end of innovation and integrated product development, co-chaired by Johan Braet, University of Antwerp, Belgium and Chris Baelus, Artesis University College, Antwerp, Belgium and Entrepreneurial finance, co-chaired by João Leitão, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, Manuel da Rocha Armada, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, Christine Mitter, Salzberg University of Applied Sciences, Austria and Paulo Rupino da Cunha, University of Coimbra, Portugal.

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.

Research in progress
Researchers may submit current projects whilst they are still in progress. To be eligible, it is necessary for a 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.

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.

Poster Submissions
Posters provide an opportunity for researchers to present their work in an informal setting in which there is more time for discussion and questions than is sometimes available in a full paper session. This track is an ideal forum for the presentation of work in progress. Poster submissions are welcomed in any of the areas identified in the call for papers.

Poster submission requirements

An abstract describing the work being presented on the poster should be submitted in accordance with the submission details below. Be sure to select Poster as the submission type.
Poster abstracts will be blind reviewed by a member of the programme committee. Reviewers will be asked to consider the appropriateness of the work for poster presentation.
On acceptance instructions on poster dimensions etc will be supplied.
Poster abstracts and images of the final poster will be published in the CD version of the Conference Proceedings.
At least one person must register for the conference to present the poster.

Posters will be displayed close to the refreshment area so that all who attend will have an opportunity to see them. There will be a timetabled period when Poster Owners should staff their poster so that participants can come and discuss the research.

Round Table Proposals
The Programme Committee invites topical subjects to be proposed for discussion.
Submission requirements

An abstract proposing a topic and stating why it is felt this would be an interesting contribution to the conference should be submitted in accordance with the submission details below. Be sure to select Round Table Proposal as the submission type.
Proposals will be considered by the programme committee.
If a proposal is selected the convenor will be asked to nominate knowledge informants in the field who will be prepared to participate. Round Table Discussions can be either 30 minutes or 1 hour in duration. The convenor must register for the conference.
Other participants can attend the Round Table without conference registration, but if they wish to attend any other part of the conference registration will be required.

Practitioner 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.
Submission requirements

§ An abstract describing the work to be presented should be submitted in accordance with the submission details below. Be sure to select Practitioner Contribution as the submission type.

Practitioner abstracts will be reviewed by the programme committee. Reviewers will be asked to consider the appropriateness of the work for presentation at the conference.
Authors of selected presentations will have their abstract included in the booklet of abstracts given to participants at the conference.
At least one person must register for the conference to give the presentation.

Product Demonstrations
Submit a proposal of 200-300 words describing a research facilitation product you would like to demonstrate and the audience it serves. Proposals should be sent as an email attachment to Sue Nugus not later than 9 April 2009 Demonstrations themselves are expected to be approximately 15 minutes in length.


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Additional Information

Submission details Abstracts: 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 19 February 2009. Please read the online guidelines. Submission: 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 09 April 2009 Papers should be submitted as .doc or .rtf file attachments by email to the Conference Manager, Elaine Hayne