Policy Forum

How to make research on entrepreneurship more relevant?

November 15, 2017 at 15:00–18:00
Lund University – Main Building, Pelarsalen
Paradisgatan 2, Lund, Sweden


Marie Löwegren, Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship, Lund University


Policy Forum Objectives:

The theme of the RENT Conference 2017 is “Relevance in entrepreneurship research”. This topic is relevant not only for researchers, but is of great importance to practitioners and policy makers too. With this Policy Forum we kick off the conference with an opportunity for practitioners, policy makers and academic scholars interested in the topic to express their opinions in an interactive workshop.

Traditionally, entrepreneurship and small business research has been regarded as practical and as a field of research with relevance for entrepreneurs and for policy. However, as the field is becoming more and more institutionalized in the academic system entrepreneurship research has lost its focus, and today many entrepreneurship scholars feel frustrated about research’s lack of relevance. Adding to this, we know that practitioners and policy makers are searching for knowledge relevant for their decision making. Thus, in this Pre-Conference Policy Forum it is timely to discuss issues such as:

–     What does “relevant entrepreneurship research” mean to you (practitioners, policy-makers, and researchers)?
–     What is needed to make entrepreneurship and small business research relevant to practitioners and policy makers?
–     How should practitioners and policy makers be involved in research?
–     What topics need to be researched seen from the perspectives of practitioners and policy makers?

To the workshop we would like to invite practitioners and policy-makers as well as academic researchers for a discussion around the issue of “How to make research on entrepreneurship more relevant?”


Preliminary programme:


15-15.10 Welcome
Marie Löwegren
Director, Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship
15.10-15.30 Hans Landström
Professor, Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship
Title: Relevance in Entrepreneurship Research
15.30-15.50 tbc
Responsible for Startups at the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation
Title: Relevance from a policy perspective
15.50-16.10 Anna Stenstam
CEO CR Competence AB
Title: A practitioners’ view on relevance
16.10-16.40 Coffee Break
16.40-17.30 Round-table discussion
17.30-18.00 Concluding remarks and next step


Practical information:

Conference location: Pelarsalen, Lund University Main Building

There is no registration fee, but pre-registration is mandatory. To register send an e-mail to: Maria Pihel, Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship, Lund University, email: Maria.Pihel@fek.lu.se.

Registration deadline is Wednesday 8 November 2017.

The Policy Forum will be free of charge, and the forum will be held in English.