ISBE Paper Development Workshop Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, March 30, 2020




ISBE’s first Paper Development Workshops (PDW) of the year will take place in Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh on March 30. It provides a unique opportunity for PhD students and early-career researchers to discuss their research in the field of entrepreneurship and small business research with peers and experienced faculty and to obtain actionable feedback to progress their papers for future publication.

Who is This Event For?

The PDW is for advanced all PhD students and early-career researchers (up to 5 years after being awarded a PhD) who are currently working on a paper for publication in the field of entrepreneurship and small business development. While we hope that the papers will eventually be submitted to the annual ISBE conference taking place in November 2020 in Cardiff, this is no precondition to apply!


The PDW will begin with a short introduction by Andrea Lane, Co-Chair of the ISBE Early-Career Research Special Interest Group, and Prof Claire Seaman, Professor in Enterprise and Family Business in the Queen Margaret Business School. The authors will then be paired in small groups of 4-5 authors and one or two senior faculty. Author’s papers will then be discussed in-depth for about 45 minutes each within the small group, providing participants the opportunity to receive robust yet constructive feedback to further improve their papers for publication.

Academic Reviewers:

Claire Seaman – Professor in Enterprise and Family Business, Queen Margaret Business School.

Claire has published over 30 journal articles on family businesses in the UK, New Zealand and Latin America and is a regular contributor to family business conferences worldwide. Her recent book, The Modern Family Business, was developed with colleagues and published by Palgrave McMillan. Her research interest concentrates on family Business, multi-generational entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial intent, family business networks, and family business education.

Dr Cathy Matheson – Senior Lecturer in Events Management, Queen Margaret Business School.

Cathy has published articles in national and international journals, such as: Tourism Management; Local Economy and Leisure Studies. She has also published a number of book chapters and presented at a range of national and international conferences, for example, the LSA, AEME, ATLAS and the International Conference on Tourism and Management Studies. Her research concentrates on aspects of consumer behaviour within a festival context and social justice and events.

Richard Bent (BA, MBA) – Senior Lecturer, Queen Margaret Business School.

Richard has published over 22 journal articles in the areas of SME, family businesses and retail, with numerous presentations at a range of UK and International Conferences. His research interest includes challenges and development within the wide and diverse SME Community, the role of family and leadership dynamics, and most recently, developments and management/generational issues in family owned businesses


The fee to participate in the event is £35. Fees are only chargeable once your paper has been accepted and you have confirmed your participation.


To participate in either of the PDW, submit your extended abstract to Andrea Lane at  by February 26, 2020. Because the number of participants is limited to max 12 participants per PDW, we encourage you to apply early.

Extended abstracts should be about 1,500 words, double spaced, excluding tables, figures and references; providing a synopsis of the research question, its relevance and significance, methodology, and findings. All authors should indicate on the cover page of the manuscript their full name, E-mail, university affiliation, and year of study (or years since obtaining their final degree).

Abstracts will be accepted on a competitive basis.

What Should I Do if My Paper is Accepted?

Submitting authors will be notified of the results of the review process by February 21 and will need to confirm their participation in the PDW within two weeks.

Authors of accepted abstracts will submit their full papers by March 15, which will be used as basis for the PWD discussions.


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