ISBE ECR Summer Symposium 2023

  •  14th July 2023
     9:00 am - 6:00 pm



When:              14th July 2023

Where:             Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University, UK.

Facilitators/Speakers Include:

Professor Ian Fillis, Liverpool Business School.

Professor Rosalind Jones, Liverpool Business School.

Professor Zubin Sethna, Regents University, London.

Dr Adam Shore, Liverpool Business School.

Dr Liz Heyworth-Thomas, Liverpool Business School.

Dr Scott Foster, Liverpool Business School.

Symposium Overview

The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) and Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), are delighted to jointly invite you to the inaugural ISBE ECR/ECA Summer symposium.

This one-day symposium is designed for ECR/A, and Doctoral Students, and affords them the opportunity to present their research and gain feedback from peers and experienced academics within the Small Business and Enterprise research field.  This event is in-person only to allow for networking opportunities, round-table discussions, and speaker sessions as well as opportunities to share any developmental research ideas that they wish to finesse to inform future conference papers and article submissions.

The ISBE ECR/A Symposium is a valuable career development opportunity, wherever you are on your doctoral or research journey. There will be a relaxed, supportive environment where ECAs/ECRs can feel confident expressing emergent ideas and engage in debate whilst learning from and sharing with their colleagues.

Indicative Schedule of the Day

09.00-9.30 Arrival, refreshments, and registration
9:30-10:00 Welcome and Introductions
10.00-12.00 Parallel Presentation Sessions
12.00-12:45    Lunch and networking
12.45-13:45 Interactive Round Table Discussion: Contemporary Issues in Small Business and Enterprise Research
13.45-14:15  Break and refreshments
14:15-15:15 Interactive Session: How to market yourself and publish to get noticed
15:15-16:15 Interactive Session: Developing your publication strategy and goals for the future
16:15:16:30 Break and refreshments
16:30-17:00 Plenary session/ Q&A
17:00-17:30 Closing keynote and close

Call for Papers

You are invited to submit short papers (3,000-5,000 words including references) based on your finished research or work in progress. We welcome conceptual and empirical submissions (qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods) that seek to advance understanding in relation to any aspect of small business and entrepreneurship. Submissions should introduce the topic, offer a short critical evaluation of relevant literature, provide a methodological justification, outline methods, and key findings, and conclude by outlining the theoretical contribution and any implications for policy or practice.

Please email your papers to by the deadline of 22nd May 2023 at 5pm (UK time).

You will be notified on the progress of your application by 5pm (UK time) on 16th June 2023.

Event Registration:

Places are limited so register today.

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For ISBE Members (including those at Institutional Member organisations):  FREE
For non-ISBE Members: £75

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