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Wojciech CZAKON - Jagiellonian University in Krakow – Poland
Giulia FLAMINI - Università degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergata"  - Italy
Beata GLINKA - University Of Warsaw -  Poland
Luca GNAN - Università degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergata"  - Italy - (Co-Ordinating Chair)
Hans LUNDBERG - Linnaeus University - Sweden



Research on cultural aspects on entrepreneurship has long traditions, and diverse perspectives offer a rich input for a better understanding the phenomenon (Berger, 1991). Moreover, the body of research and publications on culture and entrepreneurship has been growing over the last years (Dubina & Carayannis, 2016; Freytag & Thurik, 2010; Greene, Storey, & Mole, 2008; Greenman, 2013; Marttila, 2013). Thus, culture is not a missing link in entrepreneurship studies, however long traditions do not always translate it to sufficient body of knowledge on dynamic relations between entrepreneurship, culture and institutions (George & Zahra, 2002; Glinka, 2008; Huggins & Thompson, 2014).

Both empirical and theoretical changes call upon a need for more coherent, contextualized, and holistic understanding of different faces of the relation between entrepreneurship, culture and institutions (Acs, Stam, Audretsch, & O'Connor, 2017; Ram, Jones, & Villares-Varela, 2017). Examples on empirical changes are social upheavals and massive migrations as well scepticism towards corporations, the financial sector and capitalist institutions. Such empirical changes in recent years have increased the importance of exploring and harnessing the entrepreneurial potential within and between different cultural backgrounds that carry heterogeneous institutional contingencies (Busenitz, Gomez, & Spencer, 2000; Kloosterman, van der Leun, & Rath, 1999). From a theoretical perspective, there is also a need to break with the dominion of western (US and West-European) thinking in entrepreneurship theory and improve entrepreneurship theory by, for real, focusing more on empirical data and perspectives from countries and cultures other than US/West-European (Ramírez Pasillas, Brundin, & Markowska, 2017). Entrepreneurship theory also need to become more systematic and from a system thinking perspective, we should ask ourselves how the systemic interactions of people, business entities, and individuals are linked (or not) to foster entrepreneurial behaviours.

At the beginning of 20th century, Schumpeter (1934/2004) used the idea of “creative destruction” to characterize the behaviour of the entrepreneur (or you could say, entrepreneurialism), and describe his/her role in economies and societies. This started a still on-going discussion on the role of entrepreneurs in creating innovation, defining public space, and potentially contributing to social development and economic welfare. One of the most ambitious recent efforts in re-igniting this discussion is the four-volume, "New Movements in Entrepreneurship"-serie edited by Daniel Hjorth and Chris Steyeart and published by Edward Elgar from late 1990s to 2000s (see for instance the 4th and last one here[1]). Other singular efforts (articles, book chapters) in the same vein are for instance Baumol, 2004; Johannisson, 2011; Bradley & Klein, 2016 and Lundberg, Ramírez-Pasillas, & Högberg, 2016). The discussion refers to fundamental questions on the nature of entrepreneurship in relations to societal norms and institutions. Is the friction between destruction and order the essence of entrepreneurship? Do different cultures create different entrepreneurial ecosystems?

The workshop aims to contribute to a deeper recognition of a diverse phenomenon of entrepreneurship by concentrating on its cultural and institutional facets, antecedents, and consequences. We aim at creating a discussion forum for research revolving around the topic of entrepreneurship seen from a cultural and institutional stance. The idea behind this workshop is to continue discussion on entrepreneurs’ role in societies, as well as the influence that culture, social norms and institutions have on entrepreneurs’ attitudes, perceptions, choices, and actions.


The workshop welcomes a wide range of topics connected with social aspects of entrepreneurship and culture. Both qualitative and quantitative projects are welcome. We also welcome conceptual papers.

Possible themes may include, but are not limited to:

  • Cultural context of entrepreneurship: values, symbols, and institutions.
  • Social perception of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship.
  • Entrepreneurial societies: theory and reality.
  • Being entrepreneurial: an opportunity or a social constraint.
  • Institutionalization of entrepreneurship and innovations: discourses, systems, and frictions.
  • Institutional theory and entrepreneurship.
  • Immigrant and ethnic entrepreneurship.
  • Social entrepreneurship from individual and societal perspective.
  • Social innovations.
  • Entrepreneur between cultures: international entrepreneurship.
  • Cooperation, competition and co-opetition.
  • Building entrepreneurial identities in different cultural contexts.
  • Social and organizational resistance to creativity and entrepreneurship.
  • Gender in entrepreneurship studies.
  • Entrepreneurial culture within organizations: organizational entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship.
  • Entrepreneurs as a simulacrum of creative destruction: managers and speculators destroying the entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Entrepreneurs and managers as creative heroes of pop-culture?
  • Critical approaches to the creative process.

Please note that alternative and innovative interpretations of the theme and topics are both invited and encouraged.


Those who are interested in presenting a paper should submit a
5 page extended abstract by

February 15, 2019 

To be acceptable, proposals MUST only be submitted through this website

All submissions must be in English.

Please click HERE to submit on line.


Acs, Z. J., Stam, E., Audretsch, D. B., & O'Connor, A. (2017). The lineages of the entrepreneurial ecosystem approach. Small Business Economics, 49(1), 1 - 10

Baumol, W. (2004). Entrepreneurial Cultures And Countercultures. Academy of Management Learning and Education, 3, 316-326.

Berger, B. (Ed.) (1991). The Culture of Entrepreneurship. San Francisco: ICS Press.

Bradley, S. W., & Klein, P. (2016). Institutions, economic freedom, and entrepreneurship: the contribution of management scholarship. Academy of Management Perspectives, 30(3), 211-221. doi:10.5465/amp.2013.0137

Bruton, G. D., Ahlstrom, D., & Li, H.-L. (2010). Institutional Theory and Entrepreneurship: Where Are We Now and Where Do We Need to Move in the Future? Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 3, 421 - 440.

Busenitz, L. W., Gomez, C., & Spencer, J. W. (2000). Country Institutional Profiles: Unlocking Entrepreneurial phenomena. The Academy of Management Journal, 43(5), 994-1003.

Dubina, I. N., & Carayannis, E. G. (2016). Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Across Cultures: Theory and Practices. New York: Springer.

Freytag, A., & Thurik, R. (Eds.). (2010). Entrepreneurship and culture. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

George, G., & Zahra, S. A. (2002). Culture and its Consequences for Entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 26, 27-29.

Glinka, B. (2008). Kulturowe uwarunkowania przedsiębiorczości w Polsce (The cultural context of entrepreneurship in Poland). Warszawa: PWE.

Greene, F. J., Storey, D. J., & Mole, K. (2008). Three Decades of Enterprise Culture?: Entrepreneurship, Economic Regeneration and Public Policy. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Greenman, A. (2013). Everyday entrepreneurial action and cultural embeddedness: an institutional logics perspective. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 25(7-8), 631-653.

Huggins, R., & Thompson, P. (2014). Culture, entrepreneurship and uneven development: a spatial analysis. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 26(9/10), 726-752. doi:10.1080/08985626.2014.985740

Kloosterman, R., van der Leun, J. P., & Rath, J. (1999). Mixed embeddedness, migrant entrepreneurship and informal economic activities. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 23(2), 253-267.

Johannisson, B. (2011). Towards a practice theory of entrepreneuring. Small Bus Econ, 36, 135–150. doi: 10.1007/s11187-009-9212-8

 Lundberg, H., Ramírez-Pasillas, M., & Högberg, A. (2016). Towards a Conceptual Model for Heritagepreneurship and Regional Development. In V. Katsoni & A. Stratigea (Eds.), Tourism and Culture in the Age of Innovation (pp. 23-40): Springer.

Marttila, T. (2013). The Culture of Enterprise in Neoliberalism: Specters of Entrepreneurship. Hoboken: Routledge.

Ram, M., Jones, T., & Villares-Varela, M. (2017). Migrant entrepreneurship: Reflections on research and practice. International Small Business Journal, 35(1), 3-18. doi:10.1177/0266242616678051

Ramírez Pasillas, M., Brundin, E. and Markowska, M. (2017). Contextualizing Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies and Developing Countries. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Schumpeter, J. A. (1934/2004). The theory of economic development. New Brunswick, London: Transaction publishers.



The Workshop will take place at

Tor Vergata University
School of Economics

Via Columbia, 2
00133 Rome


• By Car

From Naples:
Motorway A1- Roma-Napoli, exit 19-20 of G.R.A. Torrenova (via di Passo Lombardo), follow directions to Università Tor Vergata – School of Economics.

From the GRA:
exit 19-20 Torrenova, following Romanina, 2° Università directions. Take via Vittorio Ragusa, turn left to via Mario Pastore, turn right to via Stanford (follow directions to Schools).

From Rome city center or Castelli Romani:
take Via Tuscolana, then Via di Tor Vergata, follow directions to Università Tor Vergata – Faculty of Economics.


• By Metro A + Bus 20 Express:

Line A to the ANAGNINA stop, then Bus 20 express (Direction: via Cambellotti - Tor Bella Monaca) until the eighth stop - via Cambridge, Faculty of Economics. ATAC service for displaying the waiting times of the 20 express bus.

Bus shuttle:

A Campus Shuttle service is available from “Tor Vergata” railway station to the University Campus. Free for students and employees.


To the Campus

Tor Vergata railway station: departure after train arrival (approx 8.00am) – arrival to Rettorato (Central Administration Building, Via O. Raimondo) at 8.20am
Tor Vergata railway station: departure after train arrival (approx 8.30am) – arrival to Rettorato (Central Administration Building, Via O. Raimondo) at 8.50am
Tor Vergata railway station: departure after train arrival (approx 9.30am) – arrival to Rettorato (Central Administration Building, Via O. Raimondo) at 9.50am

From the Campus

Rettorato (Central Administration Building, via O. Raimondo): 12.00pm. Arrival to Tor Vergata railway station: 12.25pm. Campus Shuttle stops until following train arrival
Rettorato (Central Administration Building, via O. Raimondo): 1.00pm. Arrival to Tor Vergata railway station: 1.25pm. Campus Shuttle stops until following train arrival
Rettorato (Central Administration Building, via O. Raimondo): 1.55pm. Arrival to Tor Vergata railway station: 2.20pm. Campus Shuttle stops until following train arrival
Rettorato (Central Administration Building, via O. Raimondo): 2.45pm. Arrival to Tor Vergata railway station: 3.10pm. Campus Shuttle stops until following train arrival
Rettorato (Central Administration Building, via O. Raimondo): 3.35pm. Arrival to Tor Vergata railway station: 4.00pm. Campus Shuttle stops until following train arrival
Rettorato (Central Administration Building, via O. Raimondo): 4.35pm. Arrival to Tor Vergata railway station: 5.00pm. Campus Shuttle stops until following train arrival
Rettorato (Central Administration Building, via O. Raimondo): 6.05pm. Arrival to Tor Vergata railway station: 6.25pm. Campus Shuttle stops until following train arrival

Campus Shuttle timetable may vary depending on trains arrival/departure status.

Campus Shuttle stops correspond to Atac/Cotral stops:
- Via Orazio Raimondo (Central Administration Building) 
- Via della Ricerca Scientifica (Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences)
- Via Cambridge (Humanities and Philosopy, Economics, Engineering)
- Via Montpellier (Medicine and Surgery)


Details will be available in the coming weeks.