Entrepreneurship can contribute to solving the big challenges of our time. Important challenges such as affordable and clean energy, sustainable cities and communities, and responsible consumption and production may benefit from entrepreneurs starting initiatives that tackle these issues.
In this intensive 8-day summer school, we will study entrepreneurship from a wide variety of perspectives. By bringing together students from several countries and cultural backgrounds, different study programs and educational levels (BSc, MSc, and PhD) to work together in interdisciplinary multilevel groups to explore research on entrepreneurship. This summer school is research oriented. This means, you will study contemporary entrepreneurship research, theories, methods and results of research but also reflect on how these results can be translated into applied settings. Some of the aspects we will focus on, are:
- How do individual differences contribute to explain entrepreneurial activity?
- How does entrepreneurship work among different regions and nations?
- How do new ventures decide to internationalize?
- How do organizations foster entrepreneurship?
- How do specific contexts (e.g., high-tech, social entrepreneurship, energy, medicine) influence the entrepreneurial process?
- Which methods of research are used in entrepreneurship research?
- How to conduct process research in entrepreneurship?
- How to conduct (policy) evaluation research in this field?
- How to conduct experiments in entrepreneurship research?
Before the summer school, you will invite you to prepare a poster presentation in which you will share with the other participants the entrepreneurial ecosystem of your city and/or country. During the school, you will be working in project groups to design, conduct and report research on a topic of your choice. Additionally, you will engage in highly interactive sessions in which we will explore entrepreneurship research and applying them to practical cases and your own group research project. In addition to the lectures and project, you will have ample opportunity to share and draw on each other’s culturally specific experience and knowledge. And last but not least, you will have the opportunity to enjoy some great cultural activities that the vibrant student city of Groningen has to offer (e.g., visit the Noorderzon festival, climb the Martini tower, take a boat on the canals)!
This summer school is designed for students interested in entrepreneurship research aiming at a future career in research and informing their practice with deeper understanding of the process of entrepreneurship. Students of all educational programmes and levels are welcome to join this summer school.
It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.
We recommend participants to arrive on Saturday 17 August, to find your way around, get into the dorm and be on time to meet other summer school participants for a pre-summer school welcoming party. The school starts on Sunday 18 August with a city tour and welcoming drinks.
Monday to Thursday will be split between lectures, keynotes, workshops, and visits. On Friday, we will hold the final presentations by the groups and we will end with a gala dinner. Saturday can be used for a cultural program (e.g., visit Amsterdam) or as departure day.
After this course you will be able to:
- Critically assess core theories in entrepreneurship
- Select methodologies that fit your research question.
- Understand the importance of context in entrepreneurship
- Formulate and defend your own views on important issues in entrepreneurship based on research and practice
Preparatory (poster presentation): about 10 hours
Pre-school reading: about 10 hours
During summer school: about 40 hours
Upon successful completion of the programme, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 60 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.
The fee for students of the University of Groningen (NL), University of Twente (NL) or the National Research University – Higher School of Economics (RU) is € 250. For students from all other universities, the fee is € 500.
The fee includes:
- Lectures and course materials
- Selected lunches
- Reception and celebration dinners
The fee does not cover travel to Groningen, accommodation and other meals. The application fee must be paid once the applicant has been accepted into the programme.
Housing (7 nights, from Saturday 17 August to Saturday 24 August), in an international student house is available upon request for €245.
Summer School and the University of Groningen
This summer school is organised by the University of Groningen Centre of Entrepreneurship. UGCE is based on three equally important pillars: engaged education, excellent research and active business development support.
Please submit the following documents with your application form:
- Letter of motivation
The deadline for application is 31 March 2018. Selection and notification of acceptance takes place mid-April.
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