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EDEN DOCTORAL SEMINAR ON ADVANCED STUDIES IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP


ONLINE, MAY 31-JULY 5, 2021
FACULTY
BART CLARYSSE
JANA THIEL
INTRODUCING EDEN

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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

APPLICATION

There are some seats still open on the seminar.

Please contact Nina Payen - payen@eiasm.be

PROGRAMME COORDINATOR & FACULTY

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

SEMINAR DATES & LOCATION

COURSE DATES & TIME

This course is structured as an intensive literature seminar, running over the course of End May/June/July 2021.
Class sessions take place on the below specified days, between 14-18:00 incl. coffee break.

- May 31, 2021
- June 7, 2021
- June 14, 2021
- June 21, 2021
- June 28, 2021
- July 5, 2021

COURSE LOCATION

The seminar meetings will be held entirely ONLINE, though Zoom.

SEMINAR DESCRIPTION & OBJECTIVES

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The Advanced Studies in Entrepreneurship seminar covers contemporary research papers and research streams related to entrepreneurship. In so doing, this course familiarizes students with important academic conversations in the field of entrepreneurship and prepares students for their own research 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.

Because of the advanced nature of the chosen papers, we assume that the interested student either comes with:

  • A central interest in entrepreneurship and has possibly followed already a typical foundational entrepreneurship class (typically with a focus on early works, and legitimizing conversations about entrepreneurship as a field) and wants to deep-dive into more recent works to find inspiration for resulting opportunities for their own doctoral research in the entrepreneurship domain.
  • A background in a different social or management science discipline and wants to get inspired for their own research, or tries to better understand how current important lines and theories from their discipline could be interesting with respect to inquiry into entrepreneurial phenomenon.
  • A general curiosity for the set of papers we have selected for the discussion and wants to enrich their theorizing horizon.

Our objectives for this seminar are the following:

  • Students will be able to understand different structures and styles of writing 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 DESIGN

COURSE DESIGN

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 consists of one introductory session and five topic sessions spread over several weeks. For each session, there is a reading list of mandatory 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.

This course is designed to be very interactive and thus participation is crucial. Each student contributes to the success of the class, and we expect each of you to come prepared, having worked through the core readings for the respective 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.

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.

 

SESSION FORMAT

During the class sessions, the role of the educator is not so much the role of a lecturer but rather the role of a discussion leader. We expect you to have read ALL the required papers in the mandatory (core) reading list very carefully, have evaluated the material, criticized it, and analyzes how its contribution fits with other contributions in the literature.

We expect each of you to being able to contribute important aspects and/or critical ideas when we discuss the different research streams and theories in class. The discussions not only aim at sharpening your ability to criticize existing works but also for you to being able to identify the insights in the works that have been selected.

PREPARATION ASSIGNMENTS

Preparation Assignments

There are two types of preparation activities for each session:

I. Summary & presentation of an assigned article (select # of students, pre-assigned)

Except for the first week, we will assign students to papers (or have you chose), for which you are expected to write up and distribute a structured paper summary as well as present the core arguments in class for ca. 5-10 minutes. This presentation will be followed by comments and discussion from the other students, as well as the lecturer team.

Depending on the number of students in class, you may summarize and present a paper only a few times throughout the course, and we may also group students in pairs for a select set of discussions.

Your paper summary should be 1-2 pages (11-point font and single-spaced) and reproduce the structure of a typical paper which contains the following sections (please select what is applicable to either a theory or empirical paper): 

1. Introduction:

  • What kind of managerial/organizational phenomena and/or problems are the authors concerned with describing and/or explaining? 
  • Research question (one sentence ending in ?)

2. Set-up: What key assumptions and the resulting layout of the theoretical framework? What are the main hypotheses and theoretical arguments (1-2 sentence each), i.e. what are the key concepts and how are these concepts connected in this paper? If applicable, also relay what are main assumptions with respect to values, human nature, method? 

3. Method/Mechanisms: What is the central/core mechanisms of the theory or what are key sample characteristics and choice of population?

4. Outcomes/Results: What are testable hypotheses and propositions? Or, what are the empirical results?

5. Contribution: according to the author but also according to you! For example,

  • More descriptive information about a particular phenomenon? 
  • A new conceptual scheme (useful way of thinking) for (a) investigation and research; (b) improved practice; or (c) 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. Limitations: according to the author (if so identified) but importantly also the ones you find! Optionally, what are some of the major weaknesses of their work? How might these weaknesses be addressed?

7. Future Research: What are avenues for future research – in your opinion (not just the author/s)?

The paper summaries will be shared with all course participants and will serve as a joint “knowledge database” for future reference.

II. Session reflection paper for ALL students

To further improve the quality of your preparation for each theory/evidence sessions we will ask each student to submit a 1 to 2 page reflection paper before each session, which should do two things:

  • Summarize the collective discussion of the assigned papers, review the main assumptions underpinning the theories considered, and what you regard as the red thread in this session.
  • Express your personal opinion on the readings: Discuss any issues/challenges/limitations associated with the topic domain, i.e. what do you find interesting, what is holistically dissatisfying or missing in the set of papers.

These reflection papers help the lecturer team to identify areas that are not fully understood by you and those areas that intrigue you. In these reflection papers, please feel free to raise specific issues that you would like to have discussed in class! This will help the lecturer team to focus the discussion on elements that are of particular relevance to you.

We know that students typically put a lot of effort into preparing these reflection papers, and they may seem like a lot of work. But the analytical skills, communication skills, and knowledge that you will acquire through this process will help you to remember the course content later on and will be useful for your doctoral studies and likely academic career. This reflection paper also contributes to a more lively, thoughtful and relevant class discussion.

ASSIGNMENTS: SUBMISSIONS DEADLINES & REQUIREMENTS

All paper summaries and reflection papers are due by noon the day before class! Late submission will not be accepted. Please, email your correctly formatted summaries to jthiel@ethz.ch.

Paper summaries:

  • Should be submitted in PDF
  • Usually 11-pt Times New Roman, single spaced, space between paragraphs, professionally structured (e.g. headings)
  • Should follow the file naming convention: “publication author’s last name(s)_year of publication”.
  • On the first page, it should clearly state your full name and the session number
  • On the first page, the title of the discussed paper and its author(s) as well as publication year and outlet should be clearly stated

Session reflection papers:

  • Should be submitted PDF
  • Usually 11-pt Times New Roman, single spaced, space between paragraphs, professionally structured (e.g. headings)
  • Should follow the file naming convention: “Your last name_Reflection_Session #”
  • On the first page, it should clearly state your full name and the session number

COURSE ASSESSMENT & ECTS

COURSE ASSESSMENT & ETCS

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

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

I. Participation (30%)

Your participation is composed of your regular attendance and your active class contribution.

1. Attendance & missed class policy

We expect all students to attend all sessions.

You may miss one session but you will have to make up for it with an extended session reflection paper, that not only covers the general reflection paper requirements but outlines also important priors that led to the publication of the assigned papers as well as the importance and contribution of each of the assigned papers for the research community. Finally, this reflection paper should outline three important take-aways for you personally in your research. The make-up assignment is due prior to the missed class. Extended reflection papers are ca 6-7 pages long.

If you need to miss more than one class, please refrain from taking the class at all.

2. Active class contribution

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

Both attendance and active contribution contribute equally to this assessment component.

II. Individual summaries of assigned papers & in-class presentation (30%)

We expect engaged and interesting presentations, which satisfy the requirement of a doctoral level course. Obviously, the content of your presentation is the most important part. We want to see a clear dissection of the paper at hand with clear theoretical arguments, and critical assessments. However, we also expect you to (a) write a coherent and succinctly written paper summary following standard norms of professional document presentation, and (b) deliver the in-class presentation in an engaged and captivating manner. Boring or confusing presentations are embarrassing for the presenters and a pain for the audience. Please try to avoid them by preparing well!

Each paper summary/presentation contributes equally to this assessment component. If you’re presenting in a team both students will receive the same evaluation unless otherwise agreed with the lecturer.

III. Session reflection papers (40%)

We grade each of your session reflection papers along a simplified grading scale:

  • Failure (<50): Failed to submit, or late submission, or quality of submission lacks considerably in content and formal requirements.
  • Passing (50-60): Submitted paper (1-2) pages, following all formal submission requirements, and presenting required contents of marginally acceptable quality
  • Good (60-80): Submitted paper (1-2) pages, following all formal submission requirements, and presenting required contents of average or standard (expected) academic quality
  • Excellent (80-100): Submitted paper (1-2) pages, following all formal submission requirements, and presenting required contents beyond standard expectations, i.e. demonstrates superior knowledge, insight and creativity regarding the session theme

Each of the give reflection papers contributes equally to this assessment component.

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. Academic fraud will not be accepted and will lead to failure of this class. Academic fraud includes both cheating and plagiarism.

SESSION THEMES & DATES

SESSION #1
INTRODUCTION & NEWER APPROACHES TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP
31 May 2021, 14:00 – 18:00

The kick-off session serves to get to know each other and each other’s research. We will also cover important organizational activities that prepare for the follow-up structure of the class, i.e. paper assignments and covering important Q&A etc.

Finally, we will kick of our course by zooming into some very contemporary inquiries in terms of phenomenon and methodological approach to entrepreneurship research. The reading list in this session is on purpose extremely eclectic and introduces interesting papers with very different underlying philosophies of research into entrepreneurship themes.

SESSION #2
ENTREPRENEURSHIP THEORY
7 June 2021, 14:00 – 18:00

In search for the unique unit of study that could demarcate the field of entrepreneurship, scholars have for a long time settled on the individual-opportunity-nexus. However, the concept of opportunity has received significant criticism over the past decade, and newer research aims to move beyond this particular focus in entrepreneurship theorizing. Newer lines of inquiry impact most notably our approaches to understanding the entrepreneurial process and into what entrepreneurs actually do, i.e. what constitutes entrepreneurial action.

SESSION #3
Behavioral Approaches to Entrepreneurship: Identity
14 June 2021, 14:00 – 18:00

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
ENTREPRENEURIAL STRATEGY
21 June 2021, 14:00 – 18:00

Entrepreneurial strategy has traditionally been approached either by scholars with a “economics of innovation” focused background or by scholars with OMT heritage. In this session, we highlight more recent works in both camps with a focus on current interest in understanding the origins and pathways to product markets strategy and commercialization model.

SESSION #5
Sociological Approaches To ENTREPRENEURSHIP I:
Cultural Entrepreneurship & Resource Acquisition
28 June 2021, 14:00 – 18:00

While early approaches to the study of entrepreneurship have rested squarely on either economic or psychological theorizing, there is an increasingly body of work using sociological perspectives onto the phenomenon that have made important contributions to the field. This session surveys this literature with a particular emphasis on concepts from cultural entrepreneurship theory.

SESSION #6
SOCIOLOGICAL APPROACHES TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP II:
INSTITUTIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP & INSTITUTIONAL Logics
05 July 2021, 14:00 – 18:00

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.

 

For Detailed Sessions' Readings - CLICK HERE

APPLICATION PROCESS

APPLICATIONS

Interested doctoral students should register online (and add the required documents) no later than April 30 , 2021 (new application deadline). 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 900 € (VAT exempt). This fee includes participation to the seminar, the documents. 

EIASM SCHOLARSHIPS
The Institute offers a substantial reduction of the participation fee 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.

CANCELLATION POLICY
Cancellations made before May 7, 2020 will be reimbursed with 10% deduction of the total fee. No reimbursement will be possible after this date.

ADDRESS(ES)
PROF. BART CLARYSSE
ETH ZURICH
DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT, TECHNOLOGY AND ECONOMICS
WEINBERGSTRASSE 56/58
WEV H 311

CH-8092 ZURICH
SWITZERLAND
bclarysse@ethz.ch
DR. JANA THIEL
ETH ZURICH
DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT, TECHNOLOGY AND ECONOMICS
WEINBERGSTRASSE 56/58 WEV H 310
CH-8092 ZURICH
SWITZERLAND
jthiel@ethz.ch

PRACTICALITIES

TIME AND LOCATION
The seminar will be held ONLINE.
The programme will start on May 31, 2021 and is scheduled to end July 5, 2017

- May 31, 2021
- June 7, 2021
- June 14, 2021
- June 21, 2021
- June 28, 2021
- July 5, 2021

ONLINE APPLICATION

TO APPLY CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW

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