Following ISBE 2017: Creative Industries Entrepreneurship


Reflections from Creative Industries Entrepreneurship track chairs,
Charlotte Carey, Andy Penaluna & Stefania Romano

This was a great year for the Creative Industries Entrepreneurship track, with standing room only on day one, and papers that dealt with some of the benefits as well as unforeseen outcomes of creative business. Styles of design thinking and ‘designerly’ thinking featured heavily (Rusk, 2017, Penaluna, 2017) and we had a great picture of the track’s founder Prof Andy Penaluna sporting 80s suit & hair.

Andy shared his personal reflections to present a case study on how his design education prepared him to think creatively and communicate appropriately to a range of entrepreneurship policy developments. We had left & right brain discussions (Bridge, 2017) relating to future proofing our thinking and each presentation sparked discussion and debate including Ian Fillis look at the individual creative & branding based on an Australian gallery owner (Fillis & Lehman, 2017).

Later that day, we had three papers stemming from the enterprise & innovation cluster from BCU (partners in next year’s conference). Jenkins (2017) presented a conceptual paper highlighting her research looking at gender, education and entrepreneurial outcomes. Sadler (2017) gave us insights of artist’s traits and their relationships to entrepreneurship. A theme picked up by Browne and Moylne (2017), who examined the ‘inextricable’ link between the creative and cultural industries and entrepreneurship. Our track chairs (Carey, Romano & Penaluna, 2017) fed back their research from last year’s CIE research methods workshop. This gave insight to the innovative and creative nature of research methods used by those studying CIE but highlighted a mismatch between that & the current status quo of publishing in 3 & 4* journals (this was also picked up in this year’s research methods in CIE workshop on day 2 of the conference).

Day 2 we were up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed (well sort of, other than recovering from the very creative industries-focussed gala dinner, complete with fabulous Irish dancing & actor-turned-creative industries facilities SME owner James Nesbitt doing a turn).

This was a day of two halves, and we enjoyed 6 more papers with a distinctly international feel, starting with fascinating insights to the Nigerian music industry (Madichie, 2017). It was great to see how the extended range of international contexts was being picked up in the track.

Returning to the UK, we heard about publishing and entrepreneurship in Edinburgh (Bernal and Cooper, 2017) – this was this year’s track paper winner! Interestingly papers related to CIE often have these combined contexts a sub-sector (music, film, architecture etc) within a geographic location. What’s interesting is seeing how entrepreneurship manifests when these two contexts change. Chang and Chen (2017) and the three Fraser brothers (Fraser et al., 2017).

Our final papers were from Durukan et al., (2017) who gave us insights to the dynamic computer games industry, and finally we heard from a track stalwart who always brings an engaging topic to ISBE. Prof Colleen Mills regularly travels all the way from NZ to update us on the NZ fashion industry & entrepreneurship. The final session was rounded up with this year’s CIE research methods workshop, where we looked at issues and difficulties around publishing work about this dynamic, fast growing and economically imperative sector. A special report is being developed about this dynamic, so as to inform colleagues about a research agenda that, perhaps unsurprisingly given its context, does not fit the norms so often assumed.

In other news, 2018 will mark a transitional year for the track. Our founder, Prof Andy Penaluna, is handing over the reins after 7 years. The track will continue to be co-chaired by Dr Charlotte Carey (BCU), but from here on in, she will be joined by Co-Chair Dr Stefania Romano (Edinburgh Napier), another experienced contributor to the track. Andy has promised he will remain available as an advisor and has promised to keep us thinking creatively about how we approach this work. We want to say sincere thanks to Andy for all his hard work and dedication to the track, which has raised recognition of the importance of creative industries research and entrepreneurship. It is unique space to research, and we are proud to take on the next steps.

On that note there’s lots coming up, so to keep up-to-date please follow us on twitter @isbecie

Dr. Charlotte Carey
Dr. Carey is Senior Lecturer in Creative Industries Marketing at Birmingham City University Business School. She is the co-chair of the ISBE Conference Creative Industries track. She is a Fellow with the Higher Education Academy (HEA), a reviewer ISBE conferences and on the editorial review board for a number of entrepreneurship journals.

Charlotte can be contacted via:
LinkedIn: charlotte.carey
Twitter: @charlottecarey

Dr. Stefania Romano, PhD, Fellow HE
Dr. Romano is a Lecturer in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Edinburgh Napier University and now co-chair of the Creative Industries Entrepreneurship track. She is a Fellow with the Higher Education Academy (HEA), a reviewer for BAM and ISBE conferences and she is in the editorial review board for the International Journal of Instructional Cases.

Stefania can be contacted via:
Twitter: @rosestef22

Prof. Andy Penaluna
Andy Penaluna is the Director of the International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship at the University of Wales TSD. He Chairs the QAA Enterprise and Entrepreneurship review panel and helps to develop national and international policy interventions.

Andy can be contacted at:
Twitter: @andypen


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