Global Knowledge & Networks.

Founded in 1955, the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) was the first international membership organization to promote the growth and development of small businesses worldwide. The organization brings together educators, researchers, policy makers and practitioners from around the world to share knowledge and expertise in their respective fields.

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Global Knowledge

ICSB promotes the development of knowledge in all areas of business theory and practice and is particularly focused on strategies and policies proven to be effective in sustaining small businesses and entrepreneurship. Click here to read more about the ICSB portfolio  

Global Networks

ICSB currently has 16 country-based or regional affiliates with members from over 70 countries. Membership consists of professionals from four primary groups: educators, business practitioners, government policy makers, and researchers and consultants. Click here to learn more about ICSB affiliates & chapters

Supporting SMEs since 1955

ICSB was the first international membership organization to promote the growth and development of small businesses worldwide. Our members from around the world gain access to the best minds in business, education and government. Over the last 50 years, the ability to develop these personal and professional contacts in other countries and across cultures gives ICSB members an advantage in the global marketplace.

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2015 ICSB World Conference

Dubai, UAE ~ June 6-9th, 2015

The 60th Annual ICSB World Conference, ICSB 2015, will take place in Dubai, from June 6 -9, 2015 and will be hosted by United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), UAE’s top ranking university. This premier entrepreneurship and research conference brings together leading thinkers, educators, policy makers and practitioners who present and debate cutting edge research on a wide variety of entrepreneurship related topics. The theme of this year’s conference is Entrepreneurship at a Global Crossroads.

Pre-Conference Events

In addition to an excellent line up of keynote speakers and the plenary and track sessions, ICSB 2015 planners have organized a range of events including an Entrepreneurship & Innovation Day, an Academy for Graduate Students, a Deans Executive Leadership Forum, a Public Policy Forum – Setting the Right Regulatory Structures – and a Women’s Entrepreneurship Forum.

Conference Program

Keynote Speaker: Gregg Gordon, Social Science Research Network (SSRN)


Gregg is President and CEO of Social Science Research Network (SSRN), a leading multi-disciplinary online repository of scholarly research in the social sciences and humanities. SSRN is focused on the high quality, rapid, electronic dissemination of scholarly research at the lowest possible cost – Tomorrow’s Research Today.

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Call for Papers

The conference is accepting submissions for academic papers, teaching cases, poster presentations, and workshops for academic program. We encourage all members to review the call for papers and contact us about getting involved.

The deadline to submit is April 1, 2015. 
Rolling notification of acceptance will begin on April 1, 2015. Please allow 2-3 weeks for double blind peer review process. Decision letters will be sent to corresponding authors of all online submissions no later than April 30, 2015.

Submission Guidelines

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