Following ISBE 2017: International Entrepreneurship


Reflections from International Entrepreneurship track chair,
Mohamed Haddoud


The International Entrepreneurship track has been a great success in this year’s 40th ISBE.

In total, 22 papers have been presented across six sessions, stimulating some very insightful discussions on international entrepreneurship issues. The conference theme “Borders, prosperity and entrepreneurial responses” was very well reflected through the various topics discussed during the presentations.

Papers bringing evidence from different parts of the world showing the development of entrepreneurship across borders were particularly inspiring. The track has also greatly benefited from practitioners’ research, creating interesting discussions on the role of academia in informing policy.

Two key themes emerged in the track. The first revolved around SMEs’ internationalisation. Here, topics considering the role of business networks, entrepreneurial proactiveness, public assistance and internet availability, have once more proved the importance of the external environment in shaping international business.

Martina Battisti presented with Best Paper in Track by Colette Henry, for her paper with David Deakins – The role of networks in the internationalisation of small knowledge-intensive businesses service firms

The second theme of the track focused on entrepreneurial activity and how this differs across borders. Evidence from Malaysia, Emirates, Sweden, New Zealand, Italy, UK, Germany, Russia and Thailand confirmed the complexity and heterogeneity of entrepreneurship behaviour and provided key findings that are likely to hold important implications for both practice and theory.

We very much look forward to the next ISBE edition and hope to draw further interest in international entrepreneurship issues.


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