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Each year ISBE presents awards to a selection of the best papers at its annual conference. Please scroll down or use the quick links below to view the full papers of the award winners from 2006-12.

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ISBE 2013, Cardiff, Award winning papers

ISBE 2012, Dublin, Award winning papers

ISBE 2011, Sheffield, Award winning papers

ISBE 2010, London, Award winning papers

ISBE 2009, Liverpool: Award winning papers

ISBE 2008, Belfast: Award winning papers  

ISBE 2007, Glasgow: Award winning papers

ISBE 2006, Cardiff: Award winning papers

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ISBE 2013, Cardiff: Award Winning Papers

Best Conference 2013 Paper
Making the Best of Bad Jobs: The Agency of New Migrant Workers
Monder Ram, Trevor Jones, Paul Edwards, Sabina Nitu


Best Research and Knowledge Exchange Paper
Internationalisation and Entrepreneurial Orientation of Multi-national Organisations in Emerging Markets
Boris Urban, Dean de Haaff

President’s Award for Best Paper by an Early Career Researcher
The Future of Extracurricular Business Planning Competitions: Incorporating Effectuation within Provision
Kayleigh Watson, Pauric McGowan, Paul Smith

Business Creation, Early Stage Development, Business Closure track
Towards a Process View on Opportunity Development: Internal Versus External Stimulation
Silke Tegtmeier, Jay Mitra

Business Growth and Policy track
Are all LEPs created equal? Establishment and job dynamics 1998-2011 Michael Anyadike-Danes, Mark Hart

Business Support Policy and Practice track
On Riots, Response and Resilience: The London Riots from the Small Business Perspective 
Rachel Doern

Creative Industries Entrepreneurship track
Entrepreneurial Capital: Exploring the Perspectives of Craft Entrepreneurs
Tobias Pret, Eleanor Shaw

Enterprise Education track
Compulsory School Based Enterprise Education as a Gateway to an Entrepreneurial Career
Caleb Kwong, Piers Thompson

Entrepreneurial Learning in Organisations track
Exploring Entrepreneurial Team Performance: Cognition, Conflicts, and Cohesion
Ming-Huei Chen, Yu-Yu Chang, Yuan-Chieh Chang

Entrepreneurship in Minority Groups track
Making the Best of Bad Jobs: The Agency of New Migrant Workers
Monder Ram, Trevor Jones, Paul Edwards, Sabina Nitu


Exploring SME Realities track
An Investigation into the Sales Process Practiced by SMEs: Barriers that Hinder and Enablers that Support Effective Selling
Tony Douglas, Maktoba Omar


Family and Community Business track
The Impact of Spousal Relationships on Business Venture Success
Gill Owens, Jonathan Scott, John Blenkinsopp

Finance, Venture Capital, Taxation and Regulation track
Who Wants It and Who Gets It? A Dynamic Perspective on the Supply-Demand Nexus of External Innovation Finance
Jesper Christensen, Daniel Hain
 

Gender and Enterprise track
Parallel Lines? A Thirty-Year Review of Methodological Approaches in Gender and Entrepreneurship Research
Colette Henry, Lene Foss, Helene Ahl 

ICT, IT and E-Business in the Small Firm Sector track
Challenges of ICT Adoption by South African SMEs: A study of Manufacturing and Logistics Firms
Sinfree Gono, G Harindranath, Gül Berna Özcan

International Entrepreneurship track
Foreign Direct Investment and the Small and Medium Sized Business Sector Piers Thompson, Wenyu Zang

Networks and Innovation track
Innovation and Human Capital: The impact of firm and regional factors on Innovative Human Capital
Helen McGuirk, Helena Lenihan

Rural Enterprise track
Enterprise and Entrepreneurship on Islands
Mike Danson, Kathryn Burnett

Social, Environmental and Ethical Enterprise
Institutional Framing of CSR and Social Entrepreneurship Interactions in South Africa
David Littlewood, Diane Holt

 

 

 

 

ISBE 2012, Dublin: Award Winning Papers

 

Best Conference 2012 Paper
Doing Well by Doing Good? - Opportunity recognition and the social enterprise partnership
Colette Henry

Best Research and Knowledge Exchange paper
Pedagogical Interventions in Entrepreneurship from Behaviourism to Existential Learning
Helle Neergaard, Sarah Robinson, Lene Tanggaard, Noris Krueger

Business Creation, Resource Acquisition, Business Closure track
Theories of Entrepreneurial Intention and the Role of Necessity
William Lucas & Sarah Cooper

Business Support, Policy and Practice track
An Experimental Approach to Industrial Policy Evaluation: The Case of Creative Credits
Stephen Roper, Duncan Shaw, Lorraine Morley, Hasan Bakhshi, John Edwards & Judy Scully

Creative Industries Entrepreneurship track
Entrepreneurial Embedding: case study evidence from the creative industries
Eleanor Shaw, Juliette Wilson & Ian Grant

Critical Perspectives on Entrepreneurship track
(Dis) Embodied Entrepreneurs: A Critique of Entrepreneurial Identity Studies
Eva Kasperova & John Kitching

Enterprise Education track
Pedagogical Interventions in Entrepreneurship from Behaviourism to Existential Learning
Helle Neergaard, Sarah Robinson, Lene Tanggaard, Noris Krueger

Entrepreneurial Learning in Organisations track
A Critical Realist study of Dynamic Capabilities in SMEs
Lorcan O'Hobain & Colm O'Gorman

Entrepreneurship in Minority Groups track
Egocentric Network Analysis of Personal Networks and Ethnic Minority Female Entrepreneurs: The Case of Innovative Immigrant and British Born Pakistani Female Entrepreneurs
Asma Rauf, Shaheed Benazir & Jay Mitra

Family Business track
‘Oikos’, Stewardship, and Agency - Luke’s Analysis of the Ancient Family in Business 
Sarah Drakopoulou Dodd & Bruno Dyck

Finance, Venture Capital, Taxation and Regulation track
The Role of UK Government Equity Funds in Addressing the Finance Gap facing SMEs with Growth Potential
Robert Baldock & David North

Gender and Enterprise track
An Investigation of the Discourses Surrounding Social Entrepreneurship Policy and Research: Is It Gendered?
Maura McAdam & Lorna Treanor

International Entrepreneurship track
Networking and Internationalisation Methods of Canadian Natural Health Products SMEs (to view this paper please contact authors)
Valerie Bell & Sarah Cooper

ICT, IT and E-Business in the Small Firm Sector track
In Search of CRM Success: A Resource-based perspective SME Service Companies in Spain and the UK
Aurora Garrido-Moreno & Nigel Lockett

Networks and Innovation track
Knowledge-Sourcing in Innovative Clusters: Contextualising External Personal Networks
Franz Huber, University of Southampton

Rural Enterprise track
The Condition of Smallness; How Being Small Deters Firms from Getting Bigger?
Farid Ullah & Alistair Anderson

Science and Technology track
Managing R&D for Innovation and the Strategic Deployment of Knowledge Workers in Technology-Driven Organizations: A Case Study from India
Jay Mitra & Santanu Roy

Social, Environmental and Ethical Enterprise track
Doing Well by Doing Good? - Opportunity recognition and the social enterprise partnership
Colette Henry

 

 

ISBE 2011, Sheffield: Award Winning Papers

 

Best Conference 2011 Paper
Gendered Discourses of Entrepreneurship in HE: The Fictive Entrepreneur and the Fictive Student
Sally Jones

Best Research and Knowledge Exchange paper
The Social Enterprise Mark: a critical review of its conceptual dimensions
Rory Ridley-Duff & Cliff Southcombe

Business Creation, Resource Acquisition, Business Closure track
Who Are You Calling Old?: Revisiting Notions of Age and Ability Amongst Older Entrepreneurs
Thomas Wainwright, Ewald Kibler, Robert Blackburn & Teemu Kautonen

Business Support, Policy and Practice track
Using the Relation Between Business Associations and SMEs as a Policy Tool: From History to LEPs
Robert Bennett

Business Sustainability, Development & Growth track
Adapting to a Fragile Recovery: SME Responses to Recession and Post-recession Performance
John Kitching, David Smallbone, Mirela Xheneti & Eva Kasperova

Creative Industries Entrepreneurship track
The DIY Spirit of Radical Punk Entrepreneurship: An Alternative Business Ethics
Sarah Drakopoulou Dodd

Enterprise Education track
Entrepreneurial Potential: the Role of Human Capital
Ossie Jones & Dilani Jayawarna

Entrepreneurial Learning in Organisations track
Entrepreneurship; Learning to Evolve
Dermot Breslin & Colin Jones

Entrepreneurship in Minority Groups track
Building the Base for Cross National Comparisons of Ethnic Entrepreneurship: Understanding Polish Entrepreneurs in Western Australia
Natalia Vershinina & Rowena Barrett

Family Business track
Resilient Family Firms in the Rural Landscape: The Role of Symbolic Capital
Jane Glover

Finance, Venture Capital, Taxation and Regulation track
Formal Venture Capital Acquisition: Can Entrepreneurs Compensate for Spatial Proximity Benefits?
Paul Westhead, Cornelius Mueller & Mike Wright

Gender and Enterprise track
Gendered Discourses of Entrepreneurship in HE: The Fictive Entrepreneur and the Fictive Student
Sally Jones

ICT, IT and E-Business in the Small Firm Sector track
Adoption and Programme Contexts Effect in the Support to the Informatisation of SMEs
Arturo Vega, Dr Mike Chiasson & David Brown

Networks and Innovation track
Knowledge Sourcing by Small Firms: The Internationalization of Networks
Nick Clifton & Robert Huggins

Science and Technology track
Entrepreneurial Technology Scouting: Fostering Academic Entrepreneurship Beyond the Obvious
Sean Patrick Sassmannshausen

Social, Environmental and Ethical Enterprise track
Context, Narratives, Drawings and Boundary Objects: Where Social Enterprises Draw the Line
Pam Seanor, Mike Bull & Sue Baines

 


ISBE 2010, London: Award Winning Papers


Best Conference Paper 2010
Leading Entrepreneurial Teams: Insights from Jazz
Deniz Ucbasaran; Andy Lockett & Michael Humphreys

Best Knowledge Exchange and Transfer Paper in Conference
Tracing the links between Absorptive Capacity, University Knowledge Exchange and Competitive Advantage in SMEs
Helen Fogg & Gill Peers

Learning for Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Education Track
A Model of Entrepreneurial Capability based on a Holistic Review of the Literature from Three Academic Domains
Hilary Lewis

Managing for Regeneration, Sustainability and Growth Track
Understanding Entrepreneurship Process and Growth in Emerging Business Ventures Under Market Socialism in China
Ping Zheng

Business Support Policy and Practice Track
Effectiveness and efficiency of SME innovation policy
James Foreman-Peck

Business Creation and Business Closure Track
Entrepreneur Income Creation as a Situated Capacity to Apply Resources to Opportunity
Dilani Jayawarna & Julia Rouse

Networks, Innovation and Resource Acquisition Track
Knowledge flows of innovation in small open economies – A comparative analysis of Ireland and Singapore
Nola Hewitt-Dundas; Annette Singh; Ho Yuen-Ping & Wong Poh Kam

Gender and Enterprise Track
High Growth Aspiration and Female Entrepreneurship: Unravelling the Effects of Gender
Mark Hart; Aloña Martiarena; Jonathan Levie & Michael Anyadike-Dane

ICT, IT and E-Business in the Small Firm Sector Track
Shortages of IT Skills in UK SMEs
Piers Thompson; Robert Williams; Brychan Thomas & Gary Packham

Finance, Venture Capital, Taxation and Regulation Track
Firm Financing: A Resource Based View
Dr Ciarán Mac an Bhaird

Creative Industries Entrepreneurship Track
Leading Entrepreneurial Teams: Insights from Jazz
Deniz Ucbasaran; Andy Lockett & Michael Humphreys

Social, Environmental and Ethical Enterprise Track
Individual Identity and Sustainable Entrepreneurship: The Role of Authenticity
Isobel O’Neil; Deniz Ucbasaran

Entrepreneurship in Minority Groups Track
Engaging with Super-Diversity: New Migrant Businesses and the Research-Policy Nexus
Monder Ram; Trevor Jones; Paul Edwards; Alexander Kiselinchev & Lovemore Muchenje

Family Business Track
Understanding the Relationship Marketing Process of Family Businesses in the Industrial (B2B) Sector
Wing Lam

 


ISBE 2009, Liverpool: Award Winning Papers

 

Best Conference Paper 2009; sponsored by Liverpool Vision
Have small businesses beaten the recession?
John Kitching, David Smallbone & Mirela Xheneti

Learning for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Education Track
; sponsored By NCGE
Investigating the Motivation for undertaking Entrepreneurship Education using Uncertain Reasoning
Paul Jones, Malcolm J. Beynon & Gary Packham

Business Creation and Development – Stimulating  Start-ups Track; sponsored by University of Liverpool
Supporting Black Businesses: Narratives of Business Support Providers in London
Sonny Nwankwo

Creative Industries Entrepreneurship Track; sponsored by ACCA
Creative methodologies for understanding a creative industry
Ted Fuller, Lorraine Warren & Sally Jane Norman

ICT, IT and E-Business in the Small Firm Sector Track
; sponsored by Liverpool Vision
ICT Adoption and Development of E-business among SMEs in South Africa
Knowledge Mpofu, Don Milne & Lorraine Watkins-Mathys

Gender and Enterprise Track; sponsored by WICED
The Nordic Welfare Model: barrier or facilitator of women’s entrepreneurship in Denmark?
Helle Neergaard

Entrepreneurship, Networks, Innovation and Resource Acquisition Track; sponsored By  Liverpool Vision
Tracing the historical foundations of social networks in entrepreneurship research
Sarah Jack, Mary Rose & Lorraine Johnston

Management, Skills Development and Growth Issues Track; sponsored by Bradford University School of Management
Have small businesses beaten the recession?
John Kitching, David Smallbone & Mirela Xheneti

Social, Environmental and Ethical Enterprise Track; sponsored by Centre for Enterprise, Manchester Metropolitan University
Resource Advantage Theory and Fairtrade Social Enterprises
Bob Doherty, David Bryde & John Meehan

Venture Capital, Finance, taxation and Regulation Track; sponsored by Barclays
Toward an understanding of the capital structure of friend and family financing
Gary Hancock

Business Support and Internationalisation Track; sponsored by UKTI NW
Measuring Business Activity in the UK
Julian Frankish, Richard Roberts & David Storey

 

 

 

 ISBE 2008, Belfast: Award Winning Papers

Special Award Winners

 

Ulster University Business School Award for best ‘policy’ paper - the best paper drawing out the lessons for SME policy development:
The problem with regulation: built-in constraints to effective implementation
Andrew Atherton, Kirk Frith, Liz Price, Manny Gatt & David Rae

Ulster University Business School Award for best ‘refereed’ paper - best academic research paper judged to most exemplify the ISBE criteria:
SMEs' Access to Finance: Is there still a debt gap?
David Deakins, David North, Rob Baldock & Geoff Whittam

Ulster University Business School Award for best ‘discussion’ paper - best academic discussion paper judged to most exemplify the ISBE criteria:
Rediscovering Enterprise: Exploring Entrepreneurship for Undergraduates
Simon Bridge, Cecilia Hegarty & Sharon Porter

Ulster University Business School Award for best ‘practical’ paper - best paper reviewing practical experience in support for small business:
Can the private sector successfully advocate change in public policy in Africa?
David Irwin

Ulster University Business School Award for best ‘newcomer’s’ paper - best paper by someone who has not presented a paper at an ISBE Conference before:
Deadweight spending in regional enterprise financing
Anu Tokila & Mika Haapanen


ISBE 2008: Best in Track Winners

 

Track A - Advancing entrepreneurship and enterprise education; sponsored by National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship
Contingency as Resource: Educating entrepreneurs in the Balkans, the Bronx and Beyond
Susan Harmeling & Saras Sarasvathy


Track B - Business creation and development - stimulating start-ups; sponsored by Centre for Enterprise, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School
Exploring necessity-driven entrepreneurship in a peripheral economy
William Lucas, Sarah Cooper & Stuart McFarlane


Track C - Community, ethnic, minority and social enterprises; sponsored by Co-operatives UK, Manchester
Identity and Difference - Re-thinking Ethnic Entrepreneurship
Mark McPherson


Track E - E-entrepreneurship, e-business and e-learning; sponsored by Enterprise Northern Ireland, Limavady
The use of internet portals amongst rural businesses
Laura Galloway, John Sanders & David Deakins


Track I - Innovation, incubation, networks and knowledge transfer; sponsored by Knowledge Transfer, University of Central Lancashire
Motivations and consequences of engaging in regional clusters in the ICT sector
Nigel Lockett & Sarah Jack


Track M - Management, skills development and growth issues; sponsored by Invest Northern Ireland, Belfast
Motivation for Sustainable Entrepreneurship: an Empirical Investigation
Dilani Jayawarna & Julia Rouse


Track S - Supporting small business development world-wide; sponsored by Belfast City Council
‘It’s the evidence, stupid’: Doing and Legitimising Policy-funded Research
Nick Wilson, John Kitching & Mark Hart


Track V - Venture Capital, finance, taxation and regulation; sponsored by Barclays Bank plc
SMEs' Access to Finance: Is there still a debt gap?
David Deakins, David North, Rob Baldock & Geoff Whittam


Track W - Women’s enterprise and family business development; sponsored by Women’s Enterprise Consortium
The 'Diva Storyline' as an alternative social construction of female entrepreneurship
Robert Smith

 

 

ISBE Glasgow 2007: Award Winning Papers

 

Special Award Winners

 

Scottish Enterprise Award for best ‘refereed’ paper - the best academic research paper judged to most exemplify the ISBE criteria:
Do Liquidity Constraints Increase the Likelihood of Firm Growth and Survival?
Dr George Saridakis, Dr Kevin Mole & Graham Hay

Scottish Enterprise Award for best ‘discussion’ paper - the best academic discussion paper judged to most exemplify the ISBE criteria:
Pathways to Entrepreneurship Across the Lifecourse: An Innovative Model
Dr Dilani Jayawarna, Dr Julia Rouse & Dr Allan MacPherson

Scottish Enterprise Award for best ‘practical’ paper - the best paper reviewing practical experiences in support for small business:
Creating Entrepreneurial Universities: Insights from a new university business school
Dr David Woollard, Dr Michael Zhang & Prof Oswald Jones

Scottish Enterprise Award for best ‘policy’ paper - the best paper drawing out the lessons for SME policy development:
Entrepreneurship and Government Policy in Post Socialist Economies
Prof David Smallbone & Prof Friederike Welter

Scottish Enterprise Award for best ‘newcomer’s’ paper - the best paper by someone who has never presented a paper at an ISBE Conference:
Developing Entrepreneurial Life Skills : An Experiment in Indian Schools
Dr Shipra Vaidya



ISBE 2007: Best in Track Winners

 

Track A Advancing entrepreneurship education and enterprise - sponsored by NCGE
Creating Entrepreneurial Universities: Insights from a new university business school
Dr David Woollard, Dr Michael Zhang & Prof Oswald Jones


Track B Business birth rate strategy - stimulating start-ups - sponsored by Manchester Metropolitan University Business School
Business Survival and Entrepreneurial Learning
Julian Frankish, Dr Richard Roberts & Prof David Storey


Track C Community, ethnic, minority, rural and social enterprise - sponsored by Kibble Education & Care Centre
Ethnic Diversity and Competitiveness: Does the Evidence Justify Policy Action?
Dr John Kitching, Prof David Smallbone & Rosemary Athayde


Track E E-entrepreneurship, e-business and e-learning - sponsored by Microsoft
Ethnic Minority Business (EMB) Exemplars: Engaging EMBs in Public E-Procurement
Dr Martin Beckinsale & Prof Monder Ram


Track I Innovation, technology transfer & knowledge networks - sponsored by NESTA
A new look at industry associations as effective enterprise networks
Dr Martin Perry


Track M Management, skills development & growth issues - sponsored by GO Group
Entrepreneurial Capital: Convertibility, Personal Reputation and Firm Performance
Dr Wing Lam, Dr Eleanor Shaw & Prof Sara Carter


Track S Supporting small business development world-wide - sponsored by ESRC
New Development of Agro-Food SME Linkages between Southeast Asia and Western Africa
Prof Philippe Regnier


Track V Small business finance and financial management - sponsored by Barclays Bank
Do Liquidity Constraints Increase the Likelihood of Firm Growth and Survival?
Dr George Saridakis, Dr Kevin Mole & Graham Hay


Track W Women’s enterprise and family enterprise development - sponsored by Women’s Enterprise Consortium
Women entrepreneurs: jumping the corporate ship or gaining new wings?
Nicola Patterson



ISBE 2006, Cardiff: Award Winning Papers

Special Award Winners

 
ISBE 2006 winner of ISBE award for best academic research paper:
Reassessing Necessity Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries
Peter Rosa, Sarath Kodithuwakku, Waswa Balunywa

ISBE 2006 winner of the Small Business Service Award for best 'policy' paper:
Who benefits most from Business Link assistance?
Kevin Mole, Mark Hart, Stephen Roper and David Saal

ISBE 2006 joint winners of Small Business Service award for best 'practical' paper:
Shell Step Innovation programme - Exploring the absorptive capabilities of host SMEs
Rebecca Allinson & Philip Donnelly

Entrepreneur Enabling – Increasing the Effectiveness of Advising, Coaching and Mentoring Support
John Thompson and Ron Downing

ISBE 2006 winner of Small Business Service award for best newcomer’s paper:
The Post-Investment Impact of Business Angels upon their Investee Companies
Stephanie Macht

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ISBE 2006: Best in Track Winners

 

Track A - Advancing entrepreneurship education at all levels - Sponsored by National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship
The entrepreneurial learning team: Creating an enterprise culture in a university 
David Rae, Simon Gee & Robert Moon

Track B - Business birth rate strategy, start-ups and incubation - Sponsored by International Small Business Journal & Sage Publications (2 winners)
Gendered risk perceptions and start-up practices?
Colleen Mills & Kylie Pawson

And;
New Small Firm Survival in the UK
George Saridakis, Kevin Mole & David Storey

Track C - Community, ethnic, family, rural and social enterprises - Sponsored by Ethnic Business Support Programme and Potential Ethnic Entrepreneurship in the UK - A Study of Assimilation and Integration
Farid Ullah, David Brooksbank, Dylan Jones-Evans & Piers Thompson

Track E - E-entrepreneurship, e-business and e-learning for SMEs - Sponsored by eCommerce Innovation Centre, Cardiff University
ICT Adoption and EBusiness Development: A Framework for Ethnic Minority Businesses Martin Beckinsale & Monder Ram

Track G - Government policies on enterprise development world-wide - Sponsored by DTI Small Business Service
The role of tax incentives in capital investment and R and D decisions
Francis Chittenden & Mohsen Derregia

Track I - Innovation, clusters, supply chains and networks - Sponsored by University of Glamorgan Business School
From Closure to Excellence: Micro-Clusters, Local Embeddedness and Public Policy 
Fiona Whitehurst & Franek Siedlok

Track M - Management, skills development & Growth issues for SMEs - Sponsored by Venture Wales
Employment Tribunal Cases: The Impact of Enterprise Size on Incidence and Outcomes  Sukanya Sen Gupta, George Saridakis, Paul Edwards & David Storey

Track S - Supporting small business development world-wide - Sponsored by Business in Focus
Reassessing necessity entrepreneurship in developing countries
Peter Rosa, Sarath Kodithuwakku & Waswa Balunywa

Track V - Venture capital & micro-finance for small businesses - Sponsored by Barclays Bank plc
Barriers faced by SMEs in raising finance from banks 
David Irwin & Jonathan Scott

Track W - Women’s enterprise development - Sponsored by The AWE Partnership
Risk & entrepreneurship: Evidence of gender from a micro-finance programme 
Steve Talbot


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