Wojciech CZAKON - Jagiellonian University in Krakow - Poland
Professor Leo Paul DANA
The workshop will take place at the
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). 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:
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
February 15, 2018
All submissions must be in English.
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Workshop papers will be invited for consideration for a special issue in the
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 conference venue, Faculty of Management, University of Warsaw - Szturmowa Campus, is located in southern Warsaw (10-15 minutes from the airport).
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The fees include participation to the workshop- lunches - the workshop dinner - morning and afternoon refreshments.
Cancellations made before May 1, 2018 will be reimbursed minus 20% of the total fee. No reimbursement will be possible after that date.
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