Latest Issue Released – Small Enterprise Research Journal – What is different about indigenous entrepreneurship?

Latest Issue Released – Small Enterprise Research Journal – What is different about indigenous entrepreneurship?

Special Issue on Small Business Policy – Small Enterprise Research Journal


The latest issue (Vol 24.1) of the Small Enterprise Research journal is now online.

Indigenous entrepreneurs create, manage and develop entrepreneurial ventures not just for wealth creation but primarily for the benefit of their communities. Understanding indigenous entrepreneurship is a complex phenomenon, which is impacted by a myriad of factors including history, tradition, culture and language. The latest issue of Small Enterprise Research (24.1), provides a contemporary analysis of the determinants of indigenous entrepreneurship. In one concise volume, it features research on indigenous entrepreneurs from around the globe including Native American entrepreneurs, Canada’s First Nations entrepreneurs, New Zealand’s Māori entrepreneurs, Australia’s Aboriginal entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship in the Irish Traveller Community.

Emma O'Brien

Doctoral Researcher, College of Business, Dublin Institute of Technology

ICSB JSBM Spotlight Page Available

ICSB JSBM Spotlight Page Available

ICSB JSBM Spotlight Page is available now. Members are welcome to visit the new page and check out each year’s most downloaded articles’ lists (2012-2015) with the button below.

ICSB JSBM Spotlight — Updated Yearly, Since 2012.
JSBM Online Library –

WEBINAR RECAP – April 12 with Dr. Frank Hoy

WEBINAR RECAP – April 12 with Dr. Frank Hoy

Dr. Frank Hoy

Dr. Frank Hoy

Professor of Foisie Business School, Beswick and Director of Collaborative for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Frank Hoy is the inaugural Paul R. Beswick Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s School of Business. Formerly, he served as dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Texas at El Paso, held the Carl R. Zwerner Professorship in Family Business at Georgia State University, and was state director of the Georgia Small Business Development Center while on the faculty of the University of Georgia.

Topic: Why are people ignoring Family Business?

Do you think that question is an exaggeration? Family businesses outnumber non-family businesses in most national economies. How much attention do they really get in business education? How many universities offer programs, or even a course? Do many educators believe the myth that you should not go into business with family members? Do they think that family businesses are dysfunctional? What about studies that suggest that family businesses outperform and outlive non-family businesses? Could it be that family businesses have lessons for non-family firms? Let’s think about what we can teach our students and what we still have to learn.

ICSB Family Business Essay

There is no universally accepted definition of family business. Nevertheless, I provide one of the most cited ones here to provide a context for this essay:

The family business is a business governed and/or managed with the intention to shape and/or pursue the vision of the business held by the dominant coalition controlled by members of the same family or a small number of families in a manner that is potentially sustainable across generations of the family or families.

Chua, J.H., J.J. Chrisman, and P. Sharma (1999). ‘Defining the family business by behavior’. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 23(4): 19-39.

Family business is a multi-disciplinary subject. To fully appreciate the dynamics of family firms, one must look beyond business disciplines and into anthropology, family studies, psychology, sociology, and more. The effort to do so is of great importance given the volume of family owned and operated businesses worldwide. For some national economies, family enterprises represent the most significant components. Yet they have gone unappreciated, under represented, and even ignored in business and economic education and research. Scholars have the potential for contributing to the survival and prosperity of these firms.

In many universities, family business has yet to be recognized as a legitimate discipline of study. When studies of family businesses are published, authors frequently specify the impact of family-owned firms on national economies in their introductions, indicating the need for educators and practitioners to take the results of studies seriously. There is also some debate regarding the quality and rigor of research design and execution in the literature relative to more mature disciplines.

In the formative years of family business research and the publications of practitioners and consultants, the focus was predominantly on problems and conflicts. There were implicit and explicit assumptions that family-owned businesses were not professionally managed. The word ‘nepotism’ appeared in its negative connotation. In 2005, there was something of a turn of events with the publication documenting family enterprises in a more favorable light.

Danny Miller and Isabelle Le Breton-Miller reported the results of their research in Managing for the Long Run: Lessons in Competitive Advantage from Great Family Businesses (Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press). They analyzed businesses that had survived for decades, overcoming obstacles and outperforming competitors. It turned out that such firms were disproportionally family controlled. They labeled four priorities of the successful firms as commitment to 1) continuity, pursuing the dream; 2) community, uniting the tribe; 3) connection, being good neighbors; and 4) command, acting and adapting with freedom. Suddenly, there was an awareness that family businesses not only create value, but also that they could be models for managing nonfamily firms.

In the body of knowledge that has now accumulated in the family business literature, there is much that universities can offer to students and practitioners to increase the probability of success of a family in business. And there are great opportunities for researchers to learn more.

International Applied Research Symposium on Innovation & Entrepreneurship – Call for Papers

International Applied Research Symposium on Innovation & Entrepreneurship – Call for Papers

It is with great pleasure we announce that Cleveland State University, USA and the Asher Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (ACIE) at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK), Lebanon proudly present the International Applied Research Symposium entitled: The Transforming Power of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem – Lessons Learned.

This event, which is first of its kind, will be taking place on November 6 & 7, 2017 at USEK, Lebanon.

Call For Papers

In today’s innovative economy, applied research is increasingly becoming key to connecting and feeding industries and institutions especially in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship where theory and practice intersect.

Moreover, many countries, especially developing ones, hope to obtain competitive edge through innovation and to strengthen their economies through encouraging entrepreneurship and building the necessary ecosystem.

This Applied Research Symposium will bring together researchers, practitioners, and policymakers from around the globe to debate the emerging challenges and long-term solutions affecting technology, innovation, sustainability of global talent and business industries in our globalized economies.

Given the importance of these fields for national/regional economic growth, we are delighted to invite you to submit an abstract or paper, based on the topic you find suitable in the attached document.

Scholars in U.S.A
Submit papers to:

Dr. Raj G. Javalgi
Associate Dean
Professor of Marketing and International Business
Monte Ahuja College of Business
East 18th Street, Euclid Avenue, BU 415 Cleveland, Ohio 44115

Scholars in the Middle East & Europe
Submit papers to:

Dr. Tina Habib
Chairperson – Marketing Department Faculty of Business & Commercial
Sciences Holy Spirit University of Kaslik
Kaslik Main Road
P.O. Box 446, Jounieh, Lebanon


A $150 registration fee for speakers must be made on either the CSU or USEK website, which will be shared with you at a later date. The registration fee includes:

  • Transportation from the hotel to USEK;
  • Coffee breaks;
  • Lunch and reception dinner on the 6th of November;
  • Site visits to entrepreneurial locales on the 7th of November.

The conference program along with the listings of all sessions, including all special events and activities will be available once the official registration has been announced.


Flight reservations are to be booked separately. All hotel arrangements can only be done after registration.

Le Royal Hotel – Dbayeh (Distance by car: 15 min from main campus)

Double Standard Room
Rate: 160.00 USD + 10% VAT (including breakfast)

Reston Hotel – Jounieh (Distance by car: 10 min from main campus)
Single Standard Room
Rate: 65.00 USD + 10% VAT (including breakfast)

Double Standard Room
Rate: 70.00 USD + 10% VAT (including breakfast)


The Lebanese visa can be obtained at Rafic Hariri International Airport (Beirut) for most countries/nationalities. For other countries where visas are required, they must be obtained at (local) Lebanese embassies. The latter procedure requires up to fifteen days. For visa information, please check the following useful website (in Arabic, French and English):

Lebanon Tourist Information:

Time Zone: GMT + 2
Dialing Code: + 961
Telephone Area Code: 09
Electricity: 220V
Currency: Lebanese Lira – 1 USD = 1500 LBP, 1 Euro = 1650 LBP
Credit cards and American dollars are widely accepted at hotels and restaurants. 

Media and Press — UN General Assembly creates International Day for small, medium-sized enterprises, 6 April 2017

Media and Press — UN General Assembly creates International Day for small, medium-sized enterprises, 6 April 2017

6 April 2017 – Recognizing the importance of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises in achieving the new global development goals, the United Nations General Assembly today designated 27 June as International Day for those actors.

In a resolution adopted without a vote, the 193-member body also invited all stakeholders, including Member States, UN entities and civil society organizations, to observe the Day and raise public awareness of their contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which the Assembly adopted in September 2015.

The resolution was introduced by the delegation of Argentina, with its representative stating that more than 95 per cent of enterprises in the world are micro-, small- and medium-sized and they account for about 60 per cent of private sector employment.

“These enterprises can in fact become the engines that sustain growth for long-term development in developing countries,” the representative said, thanking the contribution made by the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) to the creation of the Day.

ICSB held its 61st Annual World Conference here at United Nations last year, in which authorities from over 55 countries participated. In that occasion, ICSB made a declaration about the urgent need to have a day to recognize the important role of micro, small, and medium enterprises in the development of economies as a whole.

United Nations News Center

UN News Center


Associated Press of Pakistan


Media for Freedom

KNN India

The Financial Express Bangladesh

Cátedra de Empresas Familiares – Universidad de Sevilla

Call For Papers — RENT XXXI Conference in Lund, Sweden, on November 15-17, 2017

Call For Papers — RENT XXXI Conference in Lund, Sweden, on November 15-17, 2017

The RENT 2017 Conference – Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business is May 15, 2017 (midnight Belgian time)

As usual, the RENT Conference welcomes a broad range of topics within the field of entrepreneurship and small business research. This year we have added one more possible topic, Relevance in Entrepreneurship Research, following the general theme of the conference. Quantitative and qualitative papers are both welcome, as well as multidisciplinary research projects.

Possible sub-topics include:

1. Methodological challenges and research methods
2. Opportunity generation and early business development
3. Minority entrepreneurship
4. Gender and copreneurship
5. Technology and knowledge-based entrepreneurship
6. Family business, succession and business transfer
7. Entrepreneurship education, learning, and knowledge dissemination
8. Culture and community
9. Social entrepreneurship
10. Green and sustainable entrepreneurship
11. Entrepreneurial finance for new and growing businesses
12. Business models (growth, performance and internationalization)
13. Corporate / intrapreneurship and strategizing
14. Human capital, social capital and relational networks
15. Creative and artisan industries
16. Rural enterprise, regional development and tourism
17. Policy, support systems and infrastructure
18. Critical perspectives on entrepreneurship
19. Technology and knowledge transfer
20. Relevance in entrepreneurship research

The main theme of the conference: “Relevance in Entrepreneurship Research”

Traditionally, entrepreneurship and small business research has been regarded as a practical and relevant field, and offering knowledge to be used to solve various societal problems including job creation, the funding of new companies and industries, as well as regional development. As the field is becoming more and more institutionalised, the academic rigour in research has been emphasised at the expense of relevance, triggering an intense frustration among many entrepreneurship and small business scholars concerning the gap between relevance and rigour in our research – an issue that will be discussed when we meet at the RENT Conference in Lund 2017.

Conference Organisation: Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship, Lund University, Sweden

Lottie Norrsén

International Communication Officer, Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship, Lund University


The research in entrepreneurship and small business has prospered and grown considerably during the past decade in all European countries. Remarkable development has taken place in the research frameworks and methodologies respectively.

Progress in the field of entrepreneurship is not only triggered by the exchange of ideas and new analyses that derive from the interaction among the entrepreneurial community, the policy makers and the academic community. It is also characterised by the growing emphasis on entrepreneurship in policy agendas and business communities all over Europe. It has stimulated dialogue among the private and public entities, and the academic community.

Research on entrepreneurship and on small and medium-sized enterprises has to respond to a challenge of practice and seek answers to the most urgent problems, as well as follow the trend of the most important developments in the contemporary world economy.

Development of the theory of entrepreneurship and studies of small business behaviour and economics should focus on satisfying these new needs of the European science and economy.

The RENT conference is now firmly established as the premier entrepreneurship research conference in Europe and annually brings together approximately 250 leading academics in this field who present and debate cutting edge research in a wide variety of entrepreneurship related topics.

Previous RENT Conference

Antwerp 2016

Luxembourg 2014

Zagreb 2015

Vilnius 2013