ECSB Webinars

ECSB’s webinar series continues in spring 2018. All webinars take place at 3 pm Central European Time/Central European Summer Time. Participation is free for ECSB members. More information on how to join will be provided through the ECSB member’s mailing list closer to the webinar. In this edition we will have terrific speakers on topics of broad interests:

Tuesday 27 March at 3 pm CET :

Using Experimental Design in Entrepreneurship Research - Dr Sílvia Fernandes Costa

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

Sílvia is interested in understanding the cognitive processes underlying opportunity recognition by entrepreneurs and how these cognitive processes can be learned and replicated by potential entrepreneurs. In her work, she mainly uses experimental designs. Scholarly interest in experimental and quasi-experimental designs is rapidly increasing in entrepreneurship research (e.g., Acs, Audrecht, Desai and Welpe, 2010; Hsu, Simmons & Wieland, 2017; McMullen, Williams, Wood & Urbig, 2016). During this webinar, Sílvia will present some of her work in which she used experiments, and reflect on the importance of including such designs in entrepreneurship research.

Tuesday 10 April at 3 pm CET :

Not so small after all - Professor Antonella Zucchella

University of Pavia, Italy and Anglia-Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK

Small and medium sized enterprises have been frequently depicted as losers in the global competition game: their lack of financial and managerial resources is the main explanation for a widespread belief that international growth is less likely and less intense for smaller firms. Indeed, if we look at macro data on international operations, this is apparently confirmed: smaller firms seem to contribute less to a country’s (region’s) export and even less to its foreign direct investments. The biggest stake goes to larger firms.

A finer grained look at the world of SMEs, shows a multifaceted reality: some firms indeed tend to stay local (and in doing so they effectively serve local needs), others are very highly involved in international markets, either via inward or outward international operations. How can we explain this apparent contradiction with the supposed lack of resources of smaller players? Which are the leverages used by smaller firms to compete in global markets?

Secondly, in a number of cases, small and medium enterprises are not only highly internationalized, but also become leaders in their global markets: how can this happen? What can we learn from their stories? What does it mean to be big or small in the global competitive environment?

Finally, a fast international growth is increasingly observed in very young firms and also in start-ups: it is the so called phenomenon of born global firms. They do not only challenge the supposed disadvantages of smallness, but also those of being new to the business. How can we explain this even more challenging phenomenon? What can we learn from the stories of born global firms?

Wednesday 23 May at 3 pm CET:

Understanding the enterprise policy-making process across continents - Dr Norin Arshed

Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Dundee, UK

Although the importance of entrepreneurship has been highlighted for over 20 years now, it is only in more recent times that there has been an explicit focus to encourage entrepreneurial activity with governments introducing enterprise policy. The general popularity of enterprise policy has been fundamental to government agendas because it has been argued that such policies drive economic growth, increase employment, strengthen international competitiveness and address the current social and economic challenges. However, little is known about where these policies come from and whether they merit being hailed as a saviour to the current gloal economic climate.

Given the popularity of enterprise policies with governments, it has been regarded as “waste taxpayers’ money, encourage those already intent on becoming entrepreneurs, and mostly generate one-employee businesses with low-growth intentions and a lack of interest in innovating” (Acs et al., 2016, p. 35). However, such criticism has not deterred governments in investing in enterprise policy. Exploring the contextual and regional differences in enterprise policy is key to understanding the minutiae of the policy-making process because the location of economic activities influences and is influenced by the activities themselves. Therefore, building on a previous study from the UK (Arshed et al., 2014) which highlighted the enterprise policy-making process, we explore Brazil, Canada and Japan to understand and open the discussion into the prevalence of enterprise policies in each country, whilst exploring their approaches to the policy-making process.

Wednesday 6 June at 4 pm CET (Note the change of date and time!) :

New Developments in Research on Entrepreneurial Finance - Professor Simon Parker

Ivey Business School, Canada, University of Sussex, UK

Recent years have witnessed the emergence and growth of a new form of financial intermediation for entrepreneurs, namely crowdfunding. Researchers have started to explore the structure and dynamics of crowdfunding, and how it can help entrepreneurs launch new ventures and community initiatives. In this webinar, I will briefly highlight some key findings from the recent and emerging literature on this new form of entrepreneurial finance, and trace out some exciting implications for future research.

Examples (recordings) of previous webinars

Webinar Recordings

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Ted Fuller (Faculty Director of Research, University of Lincoln): Supervising Masters and PhD Theses
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Jack Foley (CEO, FabEducation): Finance for Non-Business Students: A Simple Online Solution
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Prof. Helle Neergaard: Doctoral Students – How to Successfully Complete Your Thesis
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Prof. Robert Blackburn: How to Get Published in an Academic Journal
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