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EDEN DOCTORAL SEMINAR ON ADVANCED STUDIES IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP


BRUSSELS, JUNE 29-JULY 3, 2020
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EDEN IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP - INNOVATION

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

PROGRAMME COORDINATOR & FACULTY

Prof. Dr. Bart Clarysse,  ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Dr. Jana Thiel, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES

The Advanced Studies in Entrepreneurship seminar covers foundational papers and core research streams related to entrepreneurship. This course familiarizes students with important academic conversations in the field of entrepreneurship and prepares students for their own research and writing projects in entrepreneurship and adjacent themes in innovation, strategy, and organization theory. Active preparation and participation are a key requirement to pass this course successfully.

Our objectives for this seminar are the following:

  • Students will be able to understand the different structures and styles of writing of academic papers.
  • Students will enrich their mental models of the literature with key concepts and theories.
  • Students will develop new ideas and/or approaches that advance some portion of the theory/research in entrepreneurship.
  • Students will be able to communicate, verbally and in writing, current knowledge, critical evaluations and new ideas in entrepreneurship research.

PROGRAMME APPROACH

The format of the course is that of an intensive reading seminar targeting PhD students with an interest in entrepreneurship as well as related topics of innovation and strategy.

The course has 9 topic sessions in total (spread over the five course days) and one slot for reflection and work on your own research paper. One-on-one meetings with the faculty can be optionally scheduled.

For each topic session, there is a reading list of four core papers that form the basis of intensive group discussion. We list additional papers for further reference and may relate to them to provide perspective-giving background.

Each student is expected to come prepared, i.e. having worked through the core readings for all session. Simply reading the material will not be enough—you will also need to evaluate this material, critique it, and analyze how it fits with other literatures. The nature of this seminar will require the preparation to happen ideally prior to attending the seminar. During the seminar week, there will be little time to read the assigned material.

Most of the readings are drawn from major peer-reviewed journals in social sciences. There are three types of articles we cover:

(1) ‘Classics’ that provide you with an understanding of the origins of particular theories and debates as well as an understanding of the evolution of scholarly thought;

(2) Survey articles that review the major contributions in the field; and

(3) Contemporary empirical or conceptual work that apply and test an aspect of the theory. You may occasionally find an extended list of further recommended readings, which we do not necessarily expect you to read for class, but you are welcome to skim during your preparation.

In our class discussions, we will start broad, ensuring you understand the assumptions, predictions, and boundary conditions of the theoretical perspectives used in the readings. Then, if time permits, we’ll dive deep into a couple of readings to help to build your critical thinking skills. This will challenge you to both analyze the big picture, while at the same time drilling into details. The focus is on familiarizing you with the theoretical perspectives that are prominent in the field of entrepreneurship as well as with the methodological approaches that are typically used in such a perspective.

EXPECTED COURSE PREPARATION

Students are expected to come prepared to discuss and critique the assigned readings. In those discussions, we not only aim sharpening the student’s ability to criticize existing works but try to emphasize in particular the identification of insight in the works that have been selected. Below are questions that are designed to help you prepare for the seminar sessions: 

  1. What kind of phenomena and/or problems are the authors concerned with describing and/or explaining? 
  2. By what methods do they think such knowledge can be acquired? By what methods do they think such knowledge can be applied? 
  3. What are their key concepts? How are these concepts connected? 
  4. What kind of data do they collect? 
  5. What are their major contributions? 
    • More descriptive information about a particular phenomenon? 
    • A new conceptual scheme (useful way of thinking) for (I) investigation and research; (ii) improved practice; or (iii) both? 
    • A new method or a refinement of an old one?
    • New findings (empirical generalizations, correlations, statements that a significant relationship exists between X and Y, causal relations)? 
    • A new theoretical explanation for the findings? 
  6. What assumptions are they making with respect to values, human nature, method? 
  7. What are some of the major weaknesses of their work? How might these weaknesses be addressed?

COURSE ASSESSMENT

Upon successful completion of this seminar, the participants will be given a certificate of attendance and granted 4 ECTS.

There are two main components that determine the successful completion of this seminar:

A. Classroom Contribution (70%)

At the end of each session, the session the course instructors will assess your classroom contribution.

For successful completion, you are expected to participate actively in every session and to make thoughtful and insightful comments. This will require preparing well for class and listening carefully to the discussion. Note, you are encouraged to challenge ideas, not individuals.

Class discussions will typically start with an overall question, such as: What did you think about this session’s readings? Here, we look for you to express a general assessment of the perspectives considered and provide supporting reasons.

On the heels of this general opening, we will move into a detailed discussion of each paper on the core-reading list. One or two students will be randomly selected to begin the discussion of each reading by offering a short overview of what was interesting about the article - not a recap or summary of the major parts of the article but an informed and insightful delineation of the major themes the author(s) attempted to develop. In order to prepare properly for this, it is expected that each student should have individually prepared 1-2 pages of their own notes on each article.

Missed Class Policy:

We expect all students to attend all sessions.

B. Final Exam (30%)

The final exam will be a class paper. Each student is required to write a ca. 10 page research proposal (double-spaced, excl. references and exhibits). The research proposal is intended to get you thinking concretely about designing research that advances the discourse on a particular area.

Each student can use the allotted time in class to pre-discuss and received initial feedback on their paper ideas.

Unless otherwise arranged in advance, papers will be due three weeks after the end of the course. The assignment will be sent it by email to Jana Thiel (jthiel@ethz.ch).

 

PROGRAMME

CODE OF CONDUCT

When you sign up for this course we assume that you agree to abide by the standard code of conduct for scientific work.

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SESSION THEMES

SESSION #1 MONDAY MORNING

ENTREPRENEURSHIP THEORY & THE INDIVIDUAL-OPPORTUNITY-NEXUS

In search for the unique unit of study that could demarcate the field of entrepreneurship, scholars have temporarily settled on the individual-opportunity-nexus. However, this concept and hence the domain of entrepreneurship study is contested. In particular, there is little agreement about the opportunity construct.

SESSION #2 - MONDAY AFTERNOON

THE ENTREPRENEURIAL PROCESS 

Major emphasis in entrepreneurial studies has been placed on better understanding the entrepreneurial process and resulting insights into what entrepreneurs actually do, i.e. what constitutes entrepreneurial action. This session provides an eclectic collection of articles that will launch a discussion on how different epistemological perspectives lead to different lines of inquiry.

SESSION #3 - TUESDAY MORNING

BEHAVIORAL APPROACHES TO ENTREPREURSHIP I: MOTIVATIONS, & IDENTITY

In this first session on behavioral approaches, we zoom into aspects of entrepreneurial psychology and the impact on entrepreneurial behavior. We will aim to understand in particular current lines of reasoning in entrepreneurial behavior research as well as potential opportunities going forward for those interested in personality-related concepts and constructs.

SESSION #4 TUESDAY AFTERNOON

BEHAVIORAL APPROACHES TO ENTREPREURSHIP II: ENTREPREURNEURIAL COGNITIONS & EMOTIONS

In this second session on behavioral approaches, we visit important works in the domain of cognitions and emotion research in entrepreneurship. These lines of research fit into the opportunity recognition perspective in entrepreneurship and have formed a substantial body of research in the domain of entrepreneurship. The aim of this session is to critically review the approaches and identify limitations and new avenues of research in this tradition.

SESSION #5 - WEDNESDAY MORNING

TEAMS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Empirics show that more than 80% of high-growth businesses are started as a team effort and only about half of all original founding teams make it past the 5-year mark. That leads to a number of questions to the curious scholar regarding the viability of team endeavors, what makes for successful entrepreneurial teams and how do (should) entrepreneurial team organize their operations.

SESSION #6 - THURSDAY MORNING

ENTREPREURNEURIAL  STRATEGY I: ECONOMIC FOUNDATIONS

This first session on entrepreneurial strategy focuses on different scholarly approaches to the study of entrepreneurial strategy, with the aim to facilitate discussion of different philosophical and epistemological underpinnings and how those inform the respective lines of research. This session covers in particular approaches by researchers anchored in an economics background.

SESSION #7 - THURSDAY AFTERNOON

ENTREPREURNEURIAL  STRATEGY II: BUSINESS EXPERIMENTATION & MARKET CREATION 

This second session on entrepreneurial strategy zooms into more recent works contributed by scholars who study product markets and entrepreneurial strategy formation. This literature often studies agentic processes in entrepreneurial management and elicits insights into how entrepreneurs manage trade-offs and experiment for optimal product-market positioning.

SESSION #8 - FRIDAY MORNING

SOCIOLOGICAL APPROACHES TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP I: CULTURAL & INSTITUTIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

While early approaches to the study of entrepreneurship have rested squarely on either economic or psychological theorizing, there are increasingly sociologists interested in the phenomenon and have made important contributions to the field. This session surveys this literature with a particular emphasis on concepts from institutional theory.

SESSION #9 - FRIDAY AFTERNOON

SOCIOLOGICAL APPROACHES TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP II: INSTITUTIONAL LOGICS

Newer institutional theories that include more agency such as institutional logics provide new insights that explain the behavior of entrepreneurs and their stakeholders such as venture capitalists. In this concluding session, we focus on recent works in this line of theorizing with the intention to stimulate discussion for future avenues of research.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

APPLICATIONS

Interested doctoral students should register online (and add the required documents) no later than April 20, 2020. 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.

REGISTRATION & FEES

PARTICIPATION FEE

The participation fee is 1100 € (VAT exempt). This fee includes participation to the seminar, the documents, lunches and 1 group dinner.

EIASM SCHOLARSHIPS
The Institute offers a substantial reduction of the participation fee per member institution (one scholarship per member institution). These scholarships are strictly limited to students coming from an EIASM Institutional Member (the Academic Council). Allocation of the scholarships is entirely at the discretion of the European Institute.

EIASM SCHOLARSHIPS
The Institute offers a limited number of scholarships of 550 € each. Scholarships are strictly limited to students coming from an EIASM Institutional Member (the Academic Council). Allocation of the scholarships is entirely at the discretion of the European Institute.

CANCELLATION POLICY
Cancellations made before June 2, 2020 will be reimbursed with 10% deduction of the total fee. No reimbursement will be possible after this date.

PRACTICALITIES

TIME AND LOCATION
The seminar will be held at the EIASM.

Venue:
EIASM 
Passage du Nord 19
1000 Brussels
Belgium

Joining instruction: https://www.eiasm.net/howtoreachus

The programme will start on June 29, 2020 at 9.00 (registration as of 08.30) and is scheduled to July 3, 2020 at approx 17.00..

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION
You are requested to make your own hotel arrangement.

A list of recommended hotels will be posted.

ONLINE APPLICATION

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REGISTER ONLINE

For more information, please contact:
Ms. Nina Payen
EDEN Manager, EIASM -  PASSAGE DU NORD - 19 - 1000 BRUSSELS - BELGIUM
Tel: +32 2 226 66 61 - Fax: +32 2 512 19 29
Email: payen@eiasm.be