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HELSINKI, MAY 5-8, 2014

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The programme in Entrepreneurship - Innovation will include seminars on :

  • Methods, Techniques and Theories in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Economics and Management of Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship: Current Themes and Research




The Finnish Doctoral Programme in Business Studies


Prof Pia Arenius (Progrramme coordinator)
Professor (Entrepreneurship)
Department of Management and Organisation
Hanken School of Economics
P.O. Box 479, 00101 Helsinki, Finland
Office address: Perhonkatu 6 B, 4th floor
Phone: +358 (0)40 3521 315

Pia Arenius is Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Hanken School of Economics, Finland. Her research focuses on entrepreneurial opportunities and new venture creation. Her research has been published in management and entrepreneurship journals, including Research Policy, Journal of Business Venturing, Small Business Economics and International Small Business Journal. She serves on the editorial board of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice. Pia has worked at the University of Turku, University of Lausanne and Helsinki University of Technology. She has been an active participant in the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) project.

Prof Maija Renko-Dolan
Associate Professor (Entrepreneurship)
Department of Managerial Studies
University of Illinois at Chicago
MC 243, University Hall 2211
601 South Morgan Street
Chicago IL 60607
Phone: +1 (312) 413-8237

Maija Renko-Dolan is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. She holds a D.Sc. degree from Turku School of Economics in Finland and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Florida International University in Miami, USA. Her research focuses on the early stages of the entrepreneurial process (entrepreneurial motivation, opportunities and nascent entrepreneurship), social entrepreneurship, and technology entrepreneurship. Her research has been published in management and entrepreneurship journals, including Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Small Business Management, Management Decision, Small Business Economics and Business Horizons. She serves on the review board of the Journal of Business Venturing. Maija has received a number of grants to support her research activities and she has a particular interest in interdisciplinary research that blends boundaries between various disciplines.


The seminar is intended for students who are developing their research in the field of entrepreneurship. The course content and assignments are designed in a way that both students starting their PhD research and advanced students working on Post Doc research plan are welcome to the course.


The objective of the course is to offer the students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with some of the recent theoretical themes in Entrepreneurship research and to identify interesting research questions related to these themes.

During the seminar, through readings and discussion, the students develop an understanding of the current research on entrepreneurship and emotions, opportunity processes and firm exit. These themes have recently drawn the attention of entrepreneurship scholars and offer interesting avenues for future research. These areas pose challenges for research and our class discussions will cover available study designs and data collection techniques, among other topics.

By the end of the course, the students should have a basic understanding of some of the recent theoretical discussions in entrepreneurship research. They should be able to identify interesting research questions related to these current research themes, and to design studies seeking to answer these questions. The course will also give students an opportunity to develop their existing research projects through presentations and feedback from the instructors and the audience.


The seminar will feature discussion of theoretical literature and presentations made by the students. 
Preliminary outline of the seminar is as follows:

Day 1 (Monday May 5th, 2014)
9-10 Welcome and introduction (instructors and participants)
10-12 Introductory lecture: Development of entrepreneurship as a field of science
12-13 Lunch break
13-15 Opportunity process: Discovery view
15-15:30 Break (coffee and tea)
15:30-17:00 Student research presentations
19:00 Dinner

Day 2 (Tuesday May 6th, 2014)
9-11 Opportunity process: Creation of entrepreneurial opportunities
11-14 Working lunch, small group work to generate interesting research questions
14-14:30 Break (coffee and tea)
14:30 – 16:00 Summarizing research on entrepreneurial opportunities, discussion on interesting research questions
16:00 – 17:30 Student research presentations
19:00 Dinner (at your own cost)

Day 3 (Wednesday May 7th, 2014)
9-11 Research on Emotions and Entrepreneurship
11-14 Working lunch, small group work to generate interesting research questions
14-14:30 Break
14:30 – 16:00 Summarizing research on emotions, discussion on interesting research questions, addressing research design issues
16:00 – 17:30 Student research presentations
19:00 Dinner

Day 4 (Thursday May 8th, 2014)
8-10 Research on Firm Exit
10-12 Working lunch, small group work to generate interesting research questions
12-12:30 Break
12:30 – 14:00 Summarizing research on entrepreneurial opportunities, discussion of interesting research questions, discussion on research design challenges and how to overcome them
14:00 – 15:00 Closing the course



Precourse assignments:
1. Students are expected to prepare a presentation on one of the assigned articles for in-class discussion. Please consult the tentative list of readings and contact Pia Arenius to confirm the article you will work on. You may also suggest an article outside the list if it fits course themes.
2. Students are expected to prepare a 4 ppt slides presentation on own research to be presented in class during the course.

Precourse assignments should be submitedt to professor Pia Arenius (pia.arenius@hanken.fi) latest on April 21st, 2014.

Postcourse assignment:
Two alternatives are offered for the postcourse assignment.
1. Students, who are in the early stages of their research career, should submit a reflection paper discussing what they learned during the course and how this helps to build their own research.
2. Advanced students should prepare a proposal for a research paper. The proposal should discuss in detail the research questions, theoretical framework and the study design. Actual empirical data collection and analysis is not required.

The postcourse assignment is to be submitted within two weeks following the seminar sessions.Assignments should be sent by email to professor Pia Arenius (pia.arenius@hanken.fi).


Upon successful completion of the course (full attendance, assignments before and after the course), the participants will be given a certificate and granted 6 ECTS.


Interested doctoral students should register online (and submit the required documents) no later than March 3, 2014. Besides doctoral students, other researchers may participate. The number of participants will be limited to create a stimulating environment. The selection among the applicants will be conducted by the Institute’s Faculty. They will review the following documents which should necessarily complement each application form:

  • the applicant’s curriculum vitae demonstrating his/her capabilities of doing research ;
  • a letter of recommendation of his/her local faculty supporting the application ;
  • a two-page description of his/her doctoral research, indicating the general objectives.


The seminar will be held at the HANKEN SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS
Arkadiankatu 22, Helsinki, Finland
The programme will start on May 5, 2014 and is scheduled to end May 8, 2014

The normal participation fee for an EDEN seminar is 1.100€.

Thanks to the generous support of the Kataja in Finland, we are able to offer a considerable reduction.


Finnish doctoral students Free of Charge
Non-Finnish Doctoral Students 400 Euros

This fee covers participation to the seminar, the course materials, lunches as well as two group dinners.
It does not include travel, accommodation and any additional expenses.

Cancellations made before April 10, 2014 will be reimbursed with 10% deduction of the total fee. No reimbursement will be possible after this date.



For more information, please contact:
Ms. Nina Payen
Tel: +32 2 226 66 61 - Fax: +32 2 512 19 29
Email: payen@eiasm.be