ECIE Mini Tracks

The Mini Tracks at ECIE

      • Entrepreneurship Education and Learning
      • Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
      • Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Health & Wellbeing
      • Entrepreneurship and Innovation - Centering on the 4th Industrial Revolution
      • Innovation through Design and Entrepreneurship
      • Design Thinking and Strategy
      • Women Entrepreneurship: Innovation, Culture and Research History

Entrepreneurship Education and Learning

 Mini Track Chairs: Dr. Alexandros Kakouris and Dr. Doan Winkel  

ECIE 2020 Mini Track Call for Papers on Entrepreneurship Education and Learning  

The mini track will focus on entrepreneurship education, a field of significant growth in entrepreneurial research. We draw upon both the European and the US perspectives for entrepreneurship education and consider the interdisciplinary nature of this education provided across the globe. After an initial period of fostering the entrepreneurial mindset, entrepreneurship education is now able to widen this focus to include research on innovative teaching methodologies, the implementation of such strategies as well as the outcomes and coherent assessment techniques associated with such strategies.

The format of this education also ranges from formal academic settings to informal events; typical classrooms to incubators, technology parks and summer academies and even expands to online teaching facilitated through different online learning environments. At the same time, a large variety in content and methods is observed without prevailing teaching models. The mini-track aims to bring academics and practitioners from different entrepreneurial education settings in a common discourse regarding the pedagogy of entrepreneurial education and the observed learning outcomes.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

      • Innovative teaching methods in entrepreneurship education
      • Entrepreneurial pedagogies in connection with learning
      • Informal versus formal entrepreneurial teaching
      • Entrepreneurial learning environments
      • Mapping the impact of entrepreneurship education
      • Perspectives of educational policies for entrepreneurship

Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

 Mini Track Chair: Dr. Ruslan Pavlov, Central  Economics and Mathematics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences  

Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship  

Social entrepreneurship is a prominent phenomenon which is going to play an increasingly important role in the development of communities as well as national economies. It challenges the dominating paradigm of economic development as evidenced by the consequences of the world economic crisis. Its rapid growth can be explained by extraordinary and innovative forms of addressing the unmet needs of several groups of people that are unable to meet them at the mainstream markets. So the best way for them is to create some new markets with a special function of addressing those needs based on using innovative approaches to organize such activities. Numerous examples of social enterprises are so various that one can’t make a certain benchmark to classify them but one thing they all have in common is that their main purpose is to reinvest the profit they get into the next projects. A wide range of complicated scientific issues needs to be considered to get a more clear understanding of this phenomenon.  

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

      • New trends of social enterprise development as innovative ways of solving social problems
      • New cases of social innovation developed by private companies
      • The role of social stock exchanges and micro-finance institutions in the facilitation of social innovation
      • Constructing special indexes designed to assess the impact of social enterprises on the development of local communities
      • Comparative assessment of social and financial profits of social enterprises
      • The problem of transition from non-profit to for-profit organisations in the third sector

Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Health & Wellbeing

 Mini Track Chair: Professor Stefan Lagrosen, Linnaeus University, Sweden  

Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Health & Wellbeing  

Worldwide populations are ageing, and the dependency rate is increasing. Concurrently, non-communicable diseases account for an increasing share of global deaths. Unhealthy lifestyles and unfavourable (stressful) work conditions are increasingly harming health. Thus, healthcare across the world is under pressure, and new solutions are needed. In this track, we present research into how new innovative technologies promoted by entrepreneurial organisations or intrapreneurial people can contribute to alleviating this situation.  

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

      • Success factors and barriers for entrepreneurship within health and wellbeing
      • Innovative solutions to healthcare problems
      • eHealth – digitalisation of health services
      • Intrapreneurship within healthcare
      • Marketing health and wellbeing services
      • The role of social media in the transformation of healthcare and wellbeing

Entrepreneurship and Innovation - Centering on the 4th Industrial Revolution

 Mini Track Chairs: Prof Ana Martins, Prof Vannie Naidoo and Prof Isabel Martins, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa  

Entrepreneurship and Innovation - Centering on the 4th Industrial Revolution  

The global business environment is currently witnessing a shift, from the Newtonian to the New Age paradigms.  Creativity and Innovation perform key roles in the current organisational space which requires business to embrace the 4th industrial revolution. Technology is influencing every aspect of society, to keep abreast of these major technological advancements in different functional areas of business. Organisations of all sizes are urged to adjust their mindset in order to implement and fortify technological change in the organization.  

Research on creativity and innovation in organizations, is required to demonstrate the underlying theoretical and empirical assumptions linked to the three tiers of analysis, i.e. from the unit, to the organization to the macro-oriented extra-organisational environment.  

This track highlights the fundamental value of creativity and innovation in nurturing the sustainability of organisations, including SMEs.  Recommended themes/topics include:

  • Green Innovation and Creativity
  • Leadership and Managerial Innovation practices
  • The relationship between CSR and Social Innovation
  • Impact of 4th Industrial Revolution on performance and organizational structures
  • Social entrepreneurship and the link with innovation
  • Innovation and organizational learning in organisations

Innovation through Design and Entrepreneurship

 Mini Track Chair: Erik Arntsen, University of Agder, Norway  

ECIE 2020 Innovation through Design and Entrepreneurship  

Since 2014, the University of Agder (UIA) and The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) have annually gathered together in the small city of Risør, Norway, to create a unique learning experience for Master's students from both universities:  the Pop-Up Campus. We want to further explore the Pop-Up Campus model: a creative learning experience that blends entrepreneurship, design thinking, and regional development. It can link together Subjects (Design and Entrepreneurship), Universities (UIA and AHO), staff members from different Faculties (Technology, Design, Economy), urban and rural areas, municipalities and industries, new and established companies. We are looking for this mini-track to explore simular projects which have brought together diverse groups with different cultural and social backgrounds, focusing on innovation and development of sustainable concepts and future solutions. Projects which can impact and create new opportunities for learners, local businesses, comunities, and universities.  

For the mini-track we will encourage border-crossing submissions of learning experiences. In the mini-track we will explore educational and practical examples of Innovation through Design and Entrepreneurship. We will discuss the experiences and reflections of the students, the faculty, and the companies that they helped. We will discuss what worked, what did not, and what might be enhanced in future instances of the projects such as the Pop-Up Campus.  

The mini-track aims to inspire and motivate others to join and to follow, impacting through interdisciplinary actions!  Suggested topics include but are not limited to:  

  • Experiences in Diverse Learning Environments
  • Teaching Experiences across disciplinary and institutional boundaries
  • Differences and communalities between Innovation Management, Product, Service and Interaction Design, and Design Thinking
  • Success factors pillars for a pop-up campus on Design Thinking, Entrepreneurship and Innovation


Design Thinking and Strategy

Dr Peter McLuskie Christy Suciu Mini Track Chairs: Christy  Suciu, Boise State University, USA  and Pete McLuskie, Coventry University, UK  

ECIE 2020 Design Thinking and Strategy  

The increasing importance of innovation in developing and sustaining competitive advantage has led many businesses to incorporate design thinking as a new method of creating value and for solving ill‐defined problems. Design thinking is now being applied to a wide range of areas, including product and service innovation, business strategy, organizational change, healthcare, community services and social innovation. This provides an opportunity to further explore not only the methods and principles associated with design thinking, but the questions, challenges, and insights that arise through application in these diverse domains. This mini track is intended to bring together researchers and practitioners involved in design thinking.  

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:  

  • Design thinking and health service innovation
  • Design thinking and intrepreneurial management
  • Design thinking and social networks
  • Teaching design thinking and creativity
  • Integrating design thinking into strategic management
  • Design thinking and consultancy
  • Cognitive process in design thinking practice such as bounded rationality
  • Design thinking and sustainable business model development
  • Design thinking and eco entrepreneurship
  • Design thinking education and case studies
  • Design thinking and working in teams


Women Entrepreneurship: Innovation, Culture and Research History

Mini Track Chairs: Dr Florica Tomos and Prof Artee Aggrawal, Vidialankar School of Business, Mumbai, India 

ECIE 2020 Women Entrepreneurship: Innovation, Culture and Research History  

Recently, women entrepreneurs have proved to be magnificent innovators, by using the ICTs and digital platforms for both learning and business development or promotion. Women are entering new markets and businesses that they have previously been unable to enter and accessing tools to aid in entrepreneurial learning. But there are sill a number of barriers for women entrepreneurs, not least of which is culture, both within business and society. We believe to see the future in this research area we must also be aware of the history which underpins it.

This mini track is aiming to introduce a holistic and comprehensive view on women entrepreneurship in a novel way and will inspire academics to conduct further research into this research field.  This mini track will place an emphasis on women entrepreneurship in the local, national and global context. The track will highlight the women entrepreneurship phenomenon, its growth and importance for the national economies. Furthermore, the track will discuss about women entrepreneurs across borders, culture, ethnicity and nationalities.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • Women entrepreneurship in the local, national and global context
  • Entrepreneurial Culture and cultural identity
  • Research History in women entrepreneurship
  • Global trends & the role of innovation in the global context
  • Women entrepreneurship and family business
  • Women entrepreneurs with small businesses, freelancers and innovation
  • The impact of the ethnic context on women entrepreneurship
  • Innovative Women entrepreneurs: learning with ICTs and new emerging technologies