Developing the Early Career Academic in the Entrepreneurship Discipline, Coventry University, Tuesday 23rd May 2017




Venue: Coventry University room venue to be confirmed
Organisers: Professor Paul Jones (ISBE/Coventry University) Dr Dilani Jayawarne (BAM/Liverpool University)
Date: 23rd May 2017

Free for ISBE and BAM Members
£20 for non ISBE/BAM Members

To register to attend please click here.

This will be a co-organised by the British Academy of Management and the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Event Overview: The event is aimed at early career academics and late stage PhD students looking to take the next steps in developing their career. The symposia will identify the key challenges and decisions that early career academic face and offer strategies to take their careers to the next level. The event will consider all aspects of the academic role within the entrepreneurship discipline including research, teaching, management, network development and external income creation. The event will also offer practical guidelines in key aspects of the job.

A call to arms: the academic career for the Entrepreneurship academic
Session Chair: Professor Paul Jones (Coventry University)

This talk will provide an overview of the key challenges, issues and possible pitfalls facing an early career academic.

Journal and Conference reviewing
Session Chair: Dr Dilani Jayawarne (Liverpool University) and Professor Paul Jones (Coventry University)

Journal and conference reviewing represents a key developmental workshop for the early career academic.  This session offers insights into how to become a journal/conference reviewer with insights into effective practice.

Network development
Session Chair: Dr Natalia Vershinina (Birmingham University)

A key aspect in the progression of the academic career is the ability to build an academic career to assist external income generation and research progression. This session offers insights into effective practice to build local, national and international academic networks. Natalia will discuss the importance of being part of ISBE, EAISM, BAM and AOM communities, and how these can enable or constrain the academic careers.

Income generation:
Session Chair: Dr Stephen Dobson (Coventry University) and Dr Dilani Jayawarne (Liverpool University)

Income generation represents one of the most challenging aspects of a successful entrepreneurship career. The external funding environment is going to become even more challenging post Brexit with a different horizons emerging. The session offers suggestions for best practice strategies and recommendations regarding effective bid generation.

Academic Publishing taking the next steps:
Session Chair: Professor Paul Jones (Coventry University)

Publishing in high ranking academic journals can be a challenging undertaking in the Entrepreneurship discipline with REF2020 providing a major focus towards developing and progressing an academic career. This session offers guidelines and best practice towards effective publishing strategies.

 Academic management: guidelines to success
Session Chair: Professor Tobie De Coning (Stellenbosch University) and Professor Gideon Maas (Coventry University)

One potential avenue to academic progression is to focus on a management role. This session offers insights into the realities of academic management and guidelines for best practice.

Effective Lecturing/Programme Management for the Entrepreneurship academic
Session Chair: Dr Kelly Smith (Coventry University)

This session offers insights into becoming an effective and innovative educator and programme manager.  Being an effective educator represents a key role of the academic practioner. This session offers best practice guidelines for effectively managing a teaching portfolio and undertaking a programme management role.

From Lecturer to Professor in 10 years
Session chair: Professor Mark Gilman, (Birmingham City University)

This session considers the steps required to achieve a Professorship within 10 year period following your PhD. The session considers key activities and milestones to target in terms of teaching and learning, industry engagement, third mission activity and research based on a personal perspective.

Participating Staff Biograhies

Professor Tobie De Coning is Chief Director: Strategic Initiatives and Human Resources for the University of Stellenbosch. Professor De Coning is the highest official in the University Administration in charge of the strategic planning and human resources at the University. He also serves in this capacity as advisor to the President of Stellenbosch University, Professor Russel Botman. Prof De Coning is also Professor and Senior Director, Distance Education and Professor of Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship, Small Business Management and Strategic Transformation at Stellenbosch University. Prof De Coning holds a Bmil, MBA and PhD all awarded by Stellenbosch University.

Dr Stephen Dobson is a Senior Research Fellow with the International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship (ICTE) and has worked in academia for over 20 years at the University of York, University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University and currently Coventry University.  Stephen has worked on many programmes of enterprise and innovation research and impact evaluation.  These include evaluation research concerning the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA) Local Commissioning and Procurement Unit, NAVCA’s ICT Champions Project, as well as a large donor-funded project for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue called ‘Premonition’ offering technical innovation through the development of bespoke software using agent-based modelling.  This was developed collaboratively with Edge Hill University and the University of Sheffield.   Stephen has served on management committees for a number of international bodies including being the UK representative on the management committee of the European Academy of Management (EURAM) 2011-2015 and is currently on the management committee for the European Science Foundation COST Action TD1408 ‘Interdisciplinarity in research programming and funding cycles (INTREPID)’. Stephen is a reviewer for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the British Academy and since 2012 has successfully bid for 12 projects from funders such as ESRC, BAM, EEUK, and HEIF

Professor Mark Gilman is Professor of SME Growth and Development at Birmingham City University; Director of the Centre for Enterprise, Innovation & Growth; and Co-founder and Director of BIG Associates Ltd (a University spin-out). Having caught the ‘learning bug’, he transferred from industry to academia qualifying as a mature student in the 1990s. Having spent 18 years working in engineering, he then completed an Economics degree, a Masters and a PhD. His thirst for knowledge led him to explore how to apply his industrial and academic experience for the benefit of academic and business communities. As an accredited practitioner, he has developed and delivered a range of leadership and executive programmes and networks, coaching, facilitation, action learning and consultancy interventions with individuals and organisations, all with the aim of helping them improve their performance. Examples include Boots plc, Barclays Bank, British Airways and a number of public sector organisations. Professor Gilman’s activities have been impacting the growth of over 500 SMEs through research and other interventions for ambitious business owners. He continues to write and publish extensively on Human Resource Management and SME Growth issues faced by business owners and their organisations.

Dr Dilani Jayawarna is a Reader in Entrepreneurship at University of Liverpool Management School. She is the Director of the PhD Programme at the Management School and a Consulting Editor to International Small Business Journal (ISBJ). She recently reviewed papers for Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Research Policy, International Journal of Management Review, British Journal of Management and Entrepreneurship and Regional Development in addition to her reviews for ISBJ.   Dilani is currently the Joint-Chair of the Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group and the Joint- Chair of the Entrepreneurship conference track at BAM. Her collaborative research focuses on (i) entrepreneurial life course (ii) resourcing disadvantaged entrepreneurs; and (iii) hybrid entrepreneurship. Dilani is also a member of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Peer Review Committee.

Professor Paul Jones is Deputy Director of the International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship and Professor in Entrepreneurship at Coventry University.  Professor Jones is an active researcher in the entrepreneurship discipline with over 230 research outputs including edited books, academic journals, book chapters and conference papers. Professor Jones has published research in information communication technology usage, entrepreneurship and small business management and entrepreneurship education. Professor Jones is currently Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Management Education.

Professor Gideon Maas is the Director of the International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship at Coventry University.  Gideon has broad international business and academic experiences in various countries.  Within the academic environment Gideon has created various entrepreneurship centres at different universities over the past years, developed and implemented undergraduate and post-graduate modules and programmes focusing specifically on enterprise and entrepreneurship.  Recently Gideon has created the African Institute for Transformational Entrepreneurship to assist African countries in supporting sustainable socio-economic growth. Gideon’s research focus and experiences are in entrepreneurship, open innovation, growth strategies, entrepreneurial universities, implementation of entrepreneurial systems and family businesses.  His research activities are industry and academic related and has published various books and articles in the public domain.  Leading up to his current employment, he was the Director of Futures Entrepreneurship Centre and Professor in Entrepreneurship at Plymouth University in the UK; Director of the Institute of Applied Entrepreneurship at Coventry University, UK; owner-manager of his own consulting company (South Africa); the first International Chair in Entrepreneurship in South Africa (South Africa and Ireland); Acting Dean and HOD at PE Technikon (South Africa); Head Centre for Entrepreneurship at the Stellenbosch University Business School (South Africa); and Economist at the First National Development Corporation (Namibia).  He was also the principal researcher and author of the 2006 and 2007 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Reports for South Africa. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Anglia-Ruskin University and Vice President (Policy and Practice) of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Dr Kelly Smith is currently a Senior Lecturer in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Coventry University, where she is Course Director for the BA Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, and the MA in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education. She came to Coventry from the University of Huddersfield where she was Head of Enterprise, responsible for the Enterprise Team student and graduate business start-up unit. Kelly was also a Principal Enterprise Fellow in the University’s Business School, leading on the BA Enterprise Development degree and researching aspects of student and graduate enterprise and entrepreneurship education. Kelly is past-Chair and a Life Fellow of Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK), and the current Vice President for Education and Practitioner Learning for the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE). She is a co-author of the 2012 QAA Guidelines for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education in Higher Education, and the 2014 APPG for Microbusiness report ‘An Education System Fit for an Entrepreneur’.

Dr Natalia Vershinina is a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Birmingham Business School. She has a PhD in Business Relationships and prior to that completed MBA from De Montfort University, and DEng in Foreign Economic Relations from St. Petersburg State University of Technology and Design. Her main teaching responsibilities are in entrepreneurship and small firms. Her research cuts across diverse but complementary areas of entrepreneurship, gender, family firms, ethnicity and social class.  She is a Co-Chair for Entrepreneurship SIG and a Council Member at British Academy of Management, and a Co-Chair for Family and Community Business Track at Institute of Small Business and Enterprise Conference. Her research work won multiple awards at BAM, ISBE and INBAM. She is also on the committee of ISBE Gender and Enterprise Network (GEN).



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