ISBE 2017: Business Support, Policy and Practice



Dr Norin Arshed, Dundee University

Dr Christophe Garonne, IESEG

Over the years, the track has developed as a valuable and highly engaging forum for the dissemination of current research on wide ranging topics related to public policy and how it relates to entrepreneurship, small business and innovation. The contemporary nature of the track is reflected in the research presented at the ISBE conference highlighting the changing nature and context of business support and public policy.

In recent years, the track has become a platform for research and debate on policy-making processes, evaluating business advice and support, exploring and understanding the different policies aimed at fostering innovation and high growth businesses, (in)effective policy interventions and the lessons learnt, start-up hubs in different international contexts, as well as papers on industry-academia relationships and how they can be more successfully fostered to ensure effective policy for entrepreneurs and SMEs. The diversity of the topics in the track is one of its strengths, and the papers in the track are of great interest to academics working in the arena of policy, as well as policy-makers and practitioners looking to learn from recent lessons of intervention.

Key areas include:

  • Developments in business support policies and structures
  • Innovation policy/Enterprise policy
  • Support for high-growth and start-ups
  • National and regional programmes of business support
  • Support in developing economies
  • The added value of business support: how does it make a difference?
  • Alternative way to deliver business support: mainstreaming versus specialist provision
  • International comparisons of policies and business support
  • Effective business support in a recessionary environment