Institutions and Entrepreneurship


Cornell-McGill Conference on Institutions and Entrepreneurship Ithaca, NY, 23-24 Jul 2007; Deadline 1 Feb

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Date: Tue, 2 Jan 2007 14:47:07 -0500
From: Wesley Sine <wds4@CORNELL.EDU>

Call For Papers

Cornell-McGill Conference on Institutions and Entrepreneurship
 July 23-24, 2007. Ithaca, New York
This conference is intended to further the institutional approach to entrepreneurial studies.  An institutional approach to entrepreneurship shifts attention away from the personal traits and backgrounds of individual entrepreneurs, and towards how institutions shape entrepreneurial opportunities and actions; how entrepreneurs navigate their cognitive, normative, and regulatory environments; and how actors modify and build institutions to support new types of organizations.
A wide variety of topics fit within this broad theme. Some illustrative examples include:

  • the creation of new institutional structures to facilitate the development of new kinds of organizations;
  • the role of government policies in helping (or hindering) new ventures;
  • the use of symbols to legitimate novel organizations;
  • the role of norms, values, and traditions in facilitating (or impeding) entrepreneurship;
  • deinstitutionalization of an established practice as a form of entrepreneurial opportunity;
  • the creation of standards to support new types of economic activities
  • the construction of new classifications of professions that support the founding of new categories of organizations.

 The conference will be limited to 20 papers. To promote interaction between senior and junior scholars, half of these slots will be reserved for papers with an untenured (or recently tenured) first author.  Papers will be accepted based on competitive submission. A small number of leading scholars will facilitate the paper sessions, these include Dick Scott, Howard Aldrich, and Pamela Tolbert among others.  The conference will pay for two nights of hotel (one room) per paper. A select group of papers will be invited for publication in a special issue of Research in the Sociology of Work focused on the topic of institutions and entrepreneurship. A second conference is planned for 2008 in Montreal.
Please send a full paper to by February 1st, 2007.  Decisions will be made March 15th, 2007.
We look forward to seeing you in Ithaca!
Wesley D. Sine
Johnson Graduate School of Management   
Cornell University

Robert J. David
Desautels Faculty of Management
McGill University