ISBE ECR/A Symposium

  •  23rd April 2024
     9:30 am - 5:00 pm

When:              23rd April 2024
Where:             Bangor Business School, Bangor University, Wales, UK.
Event Organiser: Dr Liz Heyworth-Thomas, Bangor Business School.

Facilitators/Speakers Include:

Professor Paul Jones, Swansea University.
Professor Susan Marlow, University of Nottingham.
Professor Ian Fillis, Liverpool Business School.
Dr Scott Foster, Liverpool Business School.
Professor Rosalind Jones, Bangor Business School.

Symposium Overview 

The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) and Bangor Business School 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 researcher 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

9.30-10.00 Arrival, refreshments, and registration
10.00-10.30 Welcome and Introductions
10.30-12.30 Parallel Presentation Sessions with feedback from peers and invited guests
12.30-13:30    Lunch and networking
13:30-14:30 Getting Published:

Professor Susan Marlow, Editor for Entrepreneurship, Theory and Practice and the International Small Business Journal.

14:30-15:30  Break and refreshments
15:30-16:30 Hot topics in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research

Professor Paul Jones, Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, Senior Editor with Information Technology and People, Associate Editor for the International Journal of Management Education and Editor of the Emerald Book Series Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research.

16:30-17:00 Plenary session/ Q&A and close.


Call for Papers

You are invited to submit an extended abstract (approx.1000 words including references) based upon 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 rural enterprise and entrepreneurship. Submissions should introduce the topic, offer a short critical evaluation of relevant literatures, provide a methodological justification, outline methods, 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 4th March 2024.

You will be notified on the progress of your application by 5pm (UK time) on 22nd March 2024.

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Places are limited so register today.

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

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 **Please note that the ISBE Rural Enterprise Symposium is being held at Bangor University on 24th April. Please register separately for this event when registration opens.

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