Conf/CfP - Relevance in Entrepreneurship Research, 15-17 November 2017, Sweden

Publish Date: May 12, 2017

Deadline: May 15, 2017

will take place in Lund, Sweden, on November 15-17, 2017

The main theme of the conference is

"Relevance in Entrepreneurship Research"

Traditionally, entrepreneurship and small business research has been regarded as a practical and relevant field, and offering knowledge to be used to solve various societal problems including job creation, the funding of new companies and industries, as well as regional development. As the field is becoming more and more institutionalised, the academic rigour in research has been emphasised at the expense of relevance, triggering an intense frustration among many entrepreneurship and small business scholars concerning the gap between relevance and rigour in our research – an issue that will be discussed when we meet at the RENT Conference in Lund 2017.


As usual, the RENT Conference welcomes a broad range of topics within the field of entrepreneurship and small business research. This year we have added one more possible topic, Relevance in Entrepreneurship Research, following the general theme of the conference. Quantitative and qualitative papers are both welcome, as well as multidisciplinary research projects.

Possible sub-topics include:

1. Methodological challenges and research methods
2. Opportunity generation and early business development
3. Minority entrepreneurship
4. Gender and copreneurship
5. Technology and knowledge-based entrepreneurship
6. Family business, succession and business transfer
7. Entrepreneurship education, learning, and knowledge dissemination
8. Culture and community
9. Social entrepreneurship
10. Green and sustainable entrepreneurship
11. Entrepreneurial finance for new and growing businesses
12. Business models (growth, performance and internationalization)
13. Corporate / intrapreneurship and strategizing
14. Human capital, social capital and relational networks
15. Creative and artisan industries
16. Rural enterprise, regional development and tourism
17. Policy, support systems and infrastructure
18. Critical perspectives on entrepreneurship
19. Technology and knowledge transfer
20. Relevance in entrepreneurship research


The issue of relevance in entrepreneurship research will be discussed during our plenary session at the RENT conference.

We are happy to discuss the issue with our keynote speakers at the conference:

Johan Wiklund

Johan Wiklund is the Al Berg Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University. His research interests include entrepreneurship and mental health as well as the performance, exit, and failure of entrepreneurial firms. He is considered a leading authority in entrepreneurship research with over 60 articles appearing in leading entrepreneurship and management journals and over 18,000 citations. He is incoming editor-in-chief for ETP, and previously editor for JBV and SBE. A prolific advisor of Ph.D. students, he received the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division Mentor Award in 2011. 

Ester Barinaga

Ester Barinaga is Professor in Social Entrepreneurship at the Dpt. of Management, Politics and Philosophy at the Copenhagen Business School. She has published articles in Organization Studies, Geoforum, Human Relations, Ethnicities, or Journal of Social Entrepreneurship. Her latest books are Social Entrepreneurship: Cases and Concepts (2014) and Betongen berättar: Handbok för muralaktivister (2015). Her work focuses on concepts and strategies that may help us better design organizations aiming at social change in general, and the dissolution of the immigrant condition in particular. In 2010, Ester founded Förorten i Centrum, a venture based in Stockholm that uses collective mural art to empower communities burdened by stigmatisation.

Jan Erik Solem 

Jan Erik Solem is CEO and co-founder of Mapillary, a street-level imagery platform powered by computer vision. Previously, he founded Polar Rose, a face recognition company that sold to Apple in 2010. Twice awarded WEF Technology Pioneer with these companies. Former associate professor at Lund University. Author of a best-selling computer vision book.


Those who wish to present a paper at the conference should submit an extended abstract in English before May 15, 2017
(midnight belgian time)

You are requested to clearly highlight :

Objectives (200 words)
Literature review (+/- 300 words)
Approach/Method (between 200 words)
Results/Findings (between 300 words)
Value & Implications (200 words)
Also 3 to 5 key words (including whether the paper is quantitative, qualitative or conceptual) must be provided.

Bibliographical references are not mandatory but can be given upon request.

Note that all abstracts will be reviewed using a double blind review process. Therefore it is COMPULSORY that neither your name nor your contact details appear on the submission (the authors are recognized in the system via their login).

Submissions containing author’s information and/or
submissions longer than the number of characters requested
will be deleted from the system!!!

The RENT policy implies that an author can submit and present only one paper as a first author. However this author can be a non-presenting co-author of other submitted papers.

Accepted authors will be asked to send a full paper by October 1, 2017.

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