Special Issue on Small Business Policy – Small Enterprise Research Journal

Special Issue on Small Business Policy – Small Enterprise Research Journal

Special Issue on Small Business Policy – Small Enterprise Research Journal
The latest issue (Vol 23.3) of the Small Enterprise Research journal is now online.  This issue is a special issue on Small Business Policy with key pieces from leading small business and enterprise luminaries including: Prof. David Storey, Prof. David Smallbone, Prof. Tim Mazzarol and William Dennis.
SEAANZ Call for Papers Small Enterprise Research Special Issues

SEAANZ Call for Papers Small Enterprise Research Special Issues

The SEAANZ Journal Small Enterprise Research  currently has calls for papers for several special issues to be published in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Authors are invited to consider submission of papers to the following special issues:

Special issue on Commercialisation – deadline 30 March 2017

Special issue on Small Business and Entrepreneurship in the Pacific Islands – deadline 30 June 2017

Special issue on Marketing and Venture Type – deadline 30 November 2017

Special issue on Small Business Financing – deadline 30 September 2018

SEAANZ Enterprise Academy launches in Fiji

SEAANZ Enterprise Academy launches in Fiji

SEAANZ Academy was developed by the Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand as a program to help meet two of its pillars of encouraging enterprise education and practice. The Academy builds on academic research into best practice programs for encouraging nascent and novice entrepreneurs, in particular youth aged from 15 to 35.

Doctoral candidate Eric Clock and his supervisor Winthrop Professor Tim Mazzarol, from the University of Western Australia, developed the program and delivered in Fiji during October 2016. The Enterprise Workshop was run over five days from 11-15 October with assistance from the Graduate School of Business (GSB) at the University of the South Pacific (USP). It was supported by Senior Fellow and Deputy Dean of the GSB Mesake Nawari and staff from the USP.

This workshop was designed to encourage young people who may have not had experience in business to learn how to work with others, use their creativity, build their confidence, and apply their effort to designing and launching an enterprising project.

This five-day program took place at the GSB USP’s Statham Campus in Suva, Fiji. During the course the participants worked in teams to better understand themselves, improved their networking capabilities, created a pop-up business, and validated the business concept in the market.

This practical action orientated workshop takes individuals through the basic steps of starting a team based business. It is designed for people interested in starting a business, or those who want to further enhance their understanding of entrepreneurship.

SEAANZ Call for Papers – Role of entrepreneurship, innovation and small business ecosystems in regional, rural and international development

SEAANZ Call for Papers – Role of entrepreneurship, innovation and small business ecosystems in regional, rural and international development

Authors are invited to submit book chapters for publication consideration in The role of entrepreneurship, innovation and small business ecosystems in regional, rural and international development. *DEADLINE 1st February, 2017

Submissions can be academic research papers but we also welcome more applied works that address relevant issues associated with small enterprise research, education and training, support, policy and practice. We particularly welcome papers that address research, education and training, support, policy and practice issues pertaining to:

  1. Agricultural or Regional Entrepreneurship
  2. The role of Universities and Rural R&D Corporations in Regional Development
  3. Small Business Assistance Programs
  4. Economic Gardening
  5. Entrepreneurship and International Development.

For more information please contact:

Morgan P. Miles
Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Department of Management, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship
University of Canterbury
Ilam 8140
Private Bag 4800
New Zealand
Tel:+64 3 3693712, Ext 93712
Skype: morganparker.miles

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A Newsletter From SEAANZ

A Newsletter From SEAANZ

The Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand has released a thorough recap of what is going on in their communities! As one of ICSB’s invaluable affiliates we would like to congratulate SEAANZ on an incredible month filled with amazing events capped off with the 29th Annual SEAANZ conference!

From the Annual 2016 SEAANZ Conference, a wide selection of outstanding papers were also revealed to the general public. This year’s conference papers included an interesting cross-section of academic and practitioner work. The papers were delivered against six streams that focused on: i) the dollars and sense of small business; ii) differing insights into the entrepreneurial ecosystem; iii) the people side of business; iv) frameworks of small business; v) future perspectives, and vi) issues questions and perspectives.

Additionally, SEAANZ is pleased to announce the appointment of new directors at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Melbourne on 11 August. They are:

Professor John Rice, Discipline Leader, Management and Marketing, UNE Business School, University of New England. John joined the UNE Business School in 2015, having worked previously at Griffith and Adelaide Universities and at the National Centre for Vocational Education Research. John lives in Armidale with his wife and three children. Having grown up in Queensland, he is a passionate Maroons supporter.

Ms Judith van Unen, founder and Director of the Justice Equality Rights Access (JERA) International . Judith founded JERA in July 2009 and is active across a wide range of groups and networks of both men and women to advance gender equality. She is a Director of the National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW) and member of the ANZOG Institute for Governance, UN Association of Australia (UNAA), and UN Women Australia. She also served as Oceania Sub-Regional Co-ordinator for the Business and Professional Women International (BPW) during 2011 to 2014.

We also say farewell to outgoing Director Professor Delwyn Clark from Waikato Business School at the University of Waikato, who provided outstanding support to SEAANZ over her time. This included substantially strengthening our relationships with the New Zealand Government in the area of Small Business. Arranging for the New Zealand Small Business Minister the Hon Craig Foss MP, to come to the 2015 Conference and join his Australian counterpart, the Hon Bruce Billson MP in a breakfast panel. In addition, Delwyn served as the Editor of the Annual SEAANZ Research Book for 2016.

Click the link below to view their full newsletter filled with conference recaps, SEAANZ updates, and upcoming events! 

SEAANZ 2016 Call for Papers

SEAANZ 2016 Call for Papers

Building Sustainable Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
29th Annual SEAANZ Conference

10-12 August 2016, Melbourne Australia

Entrepreneurship is acknowledged globally as central to economic development, a position that accounts for the attention it attracts in academia, among governments and policy makers and entrepreneurial practitioners themselves. Creating an environment that supports entrepreneurship requires attention to a number of factors including the legal and regulatory system, financial resources, human capacity development, infrastructure and even social norms. There has been considerable debate as to whether an effective ecosystem should focus on high growth firms or support all small and medium enterprises irrespective of their growth intentions. This conference will focus on the elements of the entrepreneurial ecosystem and the businesses that should be supported in the ecosystem.

Key dates:

Paper submissions open – 16th November 2015.
Papers submissions deadline – 2nd May 2016.
Authors notified of outcomes – 6th June 2016.
Deadline for final papers –8th July 2015.
Quality academic research papers, doctoral student research and papers from a policy or practice perspective are welcome. All papers will be peer reviewed and should meet the guidelines outlined in the following sections.

Conference Research Themes

  • Business ecosystems, industry clusters and the national innovation system;
  • Business model design for the sustainable ecosystem;
  • Developing and maintaining networks and strategic alliances;
  • Economic gardening and the fostering of sustainable growth in SMEs;
  • Education, training and support for entrepreneurs and small business owners;
  • Electronic commerce and international markets;
  • Elements of the entrepreneurial ecosystem;
  • Financing start-up and SME growth;
  • Government policies for SME and entrepreneurship development;
  • Human capital and workforce development;
  • Indigenous enterprise, entrepreneurship and small business management.
  • Legal and regulatory framework for enterprise development;
  • Paths to growing the business including exporting and globalisation;
  • Social entrepreneurship and co-operative enterprise.
  • Taxation system and SME development;
  • Technology, innovation and entrepreneurship;
  • The competitive environment and impact of SME development.

It is a condition of acceptance of the paper that at least one of the authors will attend the conference and present the paper. Papers MUST conform to the Authors’ Guidelines provided below. Please keep an exact copy of your submission for future reference. Papers will be subjected to a formal blind peer review process and will be judged on the basis of general quality, clarity of presentation, and the contribution of the paper to policy and practice of small business. Decisions of the Conference Chair on acceptance, rejection and/or suggested modifications are final. Where modifications are required the final submission must explain, on a separate page, how the reviewer’s comments have been addressed. Papers should be submitted via the SEAANZ Scholar One site.

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A prize of $750 will be awarded to the best research paper presented at the conference. A further prize of $500 will be awarded by the Independent Contractors Association (ICA) for the paper with the best practical orientation.

Order of Paper for Submission

All papers must be submitted as a Word file, i.e. with a file extension of .doc, .docx or similar file type and must be formatted according to the guidelines below. Authors of papers that are accepted can select the option to publish the full paper or an extended abstract:

  1. Title
  2. Abstract of no more than 150 words
  3. Six key words
  4. Introduction/Background
  5. Conceptual Framework AND/OR Research Methodology and Findings (include tables)
  6. Policy Implications
  7. Reference List
  8. Length of paper excluding cover page and references – 7 pages

The paper should not contain any identifiers (name, institutional affiliation or author contact details). This is important to enable the reviews to be carried out anonymously. Please submit a separate cover page containing the paper title, author name(s), affiliations and contact details to be added for the final submission. Only papers formatted to requirements will be included in the conference proceedings.

Upon acceptance, authors who wish to only publish an extended abstract will be asked to follow the same guidelines above except that extended abstracts will be restricted to a maximum of one page excluding references. The formatting guidelines are available at the following:

View Research Paper Guidelines

Research Student Presentations

A conference doctoral colloquium will be organised for research students and will comprise presentations on thesis writing as well as writing papers for publication. Presentations by research students will be allocated an experienced discussant to maximize feedback opportunities. Students who wish to take advantage of these opportunities must indicate their status in their submissions.


For further information please contact:

Dr Tui McKeown, Conference chair

Professor Tim Mazzarol, President SEAANZ