2nd Entrepreneurship as Practice PhD & Research Workshop, Feb 20-21 2017


2nd Entrepreneurship as Practice PhD & Research Workshop
February 20th – 21st 2017
UCD School of Business, Dublin, Ireland


Orla Byrne, Assistant Professor, School of Business, University College Dublin

Richard Tunstall, Assistant Professor, Leeds University Business School, Leeds University

Karen Verduyn, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Economics & Business Administration, VU Amsterdam

Bruce Teague, Associate Professor, Centre for Entrepreneurship, Eastern Washington University

Confirmed Keynote Speakers and Panelists

Theodore Schatzki

Senior Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Kentucky

Dimo Dimov

Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Bath

Susan Marlow

Professor of Entrepreneurship, Nottingham University Business School

Robin Holt

Professor, Dep. of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School

Bengt Johannisson

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Business Development, Vaxjo University

Susi Geiger

Professor, School of Business, University College Dublin

William B. Gartner

Professor of Entrepreneurship, Copenhagen School of Entrepreneurship

About the Workshop

This 2-day workshop is aimed at scholars and PhD students who are using or interested in using a practice theory-led approach to entrepreneurship. PhD students looking for course work on practice theory and entrepreneurship as well as connections to and feedback from top international scholars will find the workshop highly valuable.

Building on the first workshop (February 2016 at VU Amsterdam), this workshop continues to explore what the ‘practice turn’ (Nicolini, 2009, 2012; Schatzki et al., 2001; Schatzki, 2005), may bring to understanding entrepreneurship. Initiated by such calls as having been made by Steyaert (2007) and Johannisson (2011), the entrepreneurship as practice movement is now gaining traction, witnessed by such contributions as De Clercq & Voronov (2009), Terjesen & Elam (2009); Goss et al. (2011), Keating et al. (2013), and Chalmers & Shaw (2015).

While classic “theorists of practice” (e.g. Bourdieu, 1990; Giddens, 1976) have emphasized the habitual, repetitive and taken for granted role of human practices, practice researchers today focus on the coordination of actions that reflect people’s understandings of “how to get things done” in complex settings (Nicolini, 2011; Orlikowski, 2002). Taking a practice approach makes it possible to conceive of the entrepreneurial process ‘as a culturally shaped achievement, the result of engaging with and transforming social practices of doing and living’ (Steyaert, 2007).

Practice theory relies on the general principle of consequentiality: the relationship between situated action and the social structure in which the action takes place (Feldman & Orlikowski, 2011). Practices can be seen as bundled activity patterns that constitute daily life, thus they are non-individualistic phenomena since ‘the organization of a practice is not a collection of properties of individual people [but]is a feature of the practice, expressed in the open-ended set of actions that compose the practice’ (Schatzki et al., 2001).

We see practice theory as a means to advance entrepreneurship research in several ways. First, entrepreneurship as practice continues the move away from understanding ‘who’ an entrepreneur is towards the importance of activity, performance, and work in the creation and perpetuation of entrepreneurial practice. Second, practice theory helps us understand the critical role of the body and material objects in organizing entrepreneurship. Third, the practice perspective helps us perceive and better understand the reproduction of entrepreneurial practices across time, space, and individual.
Emphasizing the intricate socially situated practices of entrepreneurs comes with considerable theoretical and methodological implications. These will be addressed during the workshop.

Workshop Topics Include:

· Origins of practice theory, current research, future directions.

· Observations and implications of implementing practice theory.

· What practice theory means for entrepreneurship

· How practice theory can advance the field of entrepreneurship

· Defining what entrepreneurship as practice can and cannot be. Identifying boundaries, limitations and future possibilities.

· Publishing practice research based on experience of writing practice theory in entrepreneurship, developing the concept, and selling the idea to fellow researchers and editors.

· EAP: How do we (need to) do it? Methods used to collect and analyse data for practice ­based studies, challenges involved.

· Plans for forthcoming entrepreneurship Practice and How Special Issues.

During the workshop, there will be ample time for discussion, as well as further developing papers. PhDs and early career academics will be assigned a mentor to work on specific papers. We deliberately welcome a mix of junior and senior academics.

With thanks to our sponsors: School of Business, University College Dublin – & – Society for Advancement of Management Studies

Workshop fees include €200 for PhD candidates and €250 for faculty.

All fees for presenting and non-presenting participants must be paid prior to the workshop.

Please visit our website at www.entrepreneurshipaspractice.com or contact Orla.Byrne@ucd.ie with any queries.

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Chalmers, D. & Shaw, E. (2015) “The endogenous construction of entrepreneurial contexts: A practice-based perspective.” International Small Business Journal.

De Clercq, D., & Voronov, M. (2009). Toward a practice perspective of entrepreneurship entrepreneurial legitimacy as habitus. International Small Business Journal, 27(4), 395-419.

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