Small Business Research Centre conference: Entrepreneurship Policy in Context – Critical Perspectives


Venue: Room 0027, Kingston Business School, Kingston Hill campus, Kingston Hill, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 7LB
Price: £70 / £50 students
To attend: booking will be available soon, please check back

Whilst entrepreneurship is the result of proactivity by individuals and groups of individuals, even in mature market economies, the state plays a key role in shaping the environment in which private business takes place. This international conference will adopt a broad definition of what constitutes relevant policies, including government actions that can affect entrepreneurship although are not necessarily targeted at them.

The conference is organised by Kingston University London, in collaboration with the Universities of Trento (Italy), Zhejiang University (China) and Corvinus University of Budapest (Hungary). The conference will be of interest to academic scholars and policy experts worldwide in the field of entrepreneurship and public policy. It will be interactive and designed to provide space for policy makers and academics to share ideas and critiques of policy.

Delegates are encouraged to present papers on any aspect of public policy related to entrepreneurship, but we particularly welcome those related to the following topics:

  • The role of the state in relation to entrepreneurship in emerging market economies
  • Better regulation in a cross cultural context
  • Distinguishing features of inclusive entrepreneurship that affects policy priorities
  • Is the current array of policy measures focusing on support for internationalising firms meeting the needs of Europe’s SMEs?
  • Is evidence based policy a realistic objective?

Keynote speakers to be confirmed.

Abstract Submission and Deadlines

An extended abstract of your paper (about 1000-1500 words) should be sent to Prof. David Smallbone by Tuesday 1 October 2019. The abstract should include:

  • Objectives (200 words)
  • Literature/review (300 words)
  • Approach/Method (200 words)
  • Results/Findings (300 words)
  • Value/ Implications (200 words)

Important Dates

Date of conference: Thursday 13 – Friday 14 February 2020
Submission deadline: Tuesday 1st October 2019
Registration open: Monday 7 October 2019
Acceptance notification: Friday 1 November 2019
Registration deadline for the conference: Tuesday 31 December 2019

Organising Committee

Questions concerning academic issues should be sent to:
Prof. David Smallbone
Prof. John Kitching
Dr. Hang Do

Questions concerning logistical and administrative information should be sent to Lucy Williams.

Please click here for the conference website.


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