ECEI 2009


4th European Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Antwerp, 10-11 Sep 2009; 19 Feb

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ECEI 2009
4th European Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation
The University of Antwerp, Belgium
10-11 September 2009

This is the first call for papers for the 4th European Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which will be held at the University of Antwerp, Belgium on 10th -11th September 2009.

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 practice are welcomed approaches.

Work-in-progress, panel discussion, proposals for workshops and tutorials are also invited. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:-

General topics: International entrepreneurship; internationalization strategies; Ontologies; Monopolistic competition; Product differentiation, Generalised Least Square (GLS) model; Compound option model; Phase-specific volatility; Endogenous growth models; Quality of work life; Risk analysis; Multicriteria analysis; Research and Development; Entrepreneurship policy; Technological innovation process; Social construction of technology; Location technologies; Change management; Knowing-doing gap; Sustainable management; Autopoietic systems; Innovation success; Dynamic capabilities; Surrogate entrepreneurship; Advanced knowledge services; Disruptive innovations; Incremental innovations; Radical innovations; System innovations; Technological innovations; Method engineering; Presentation and communication skills; New venture creation; Technology transfer; Entrepreneurial challenges; Intrapreneurship; Social entrepreneurship and social innovation; Cultural change; Performance measurement; Creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship; Social networks; Cyber entreprenurship; Complex adaptive systems (CAS). Economics of Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Regional development and economies; Economic geography; Investment decision-making; Remittances; Global development; Welfare society; New social economy entrepreneurship; Entrepreneurial dimensions and economic growth; Macro-economic growth theory; Corporate tax reforms. Good governance; Best practice; Venture capita; Investment appraisal; Cash-flow analysis; General equilibrium contract theory; Project financing. Entrepreneurship and innovation for educators: Entrepreneurship training and development; University patents; University-enterprise cooperation; Learning regions; Challenging academic and business conventions; Co-teaching with business and public sector; Innovation education; Action learning; Learning organization; Academic entrepreneurship; Research-based spin-offs; Evolutionary learning. Entrepreneurship and innovation in business: Entrepreneurship development programmes; Business angels; Assumption based planning; New venture creation; e-Commerce; Intrapreneurship; Strategic management; Small and medium enterprises (SME’s); Innovation and product design; Web design; Knowledge-intensive services; Business simulation; Strategic alignment; Firm formation; Employment growth; Start-up management;, Competitive advantages.

Abstracts are required in the first instance and should be submitted via the online form at

You can find full details about the conference, including full calls for papers, on the conference website at

You can also request a copy of the calls for papers by email from me.

Please feel free to circulate this message to any colleagues or contacts you think may be interested.

Kind regards

Mandy Butler
Academic Conferences Limited
tel +44 (0) 118 972 4148