ECIE Mini Tracks

The Mini Tracks at ECIE

      • Entrepreneurship Education and Learning 
      • Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
      • Family Business in Early Stages
      • Design Thinking-Driven Innovation in the Context of Corporate Entrepreneurship
      • Entrepreneurial Operations for Real Estate Investment
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Entrepreneurship Education and Learning

Dr. Alexandros Kakouris
Prof Nikolaos Apostolopoulos
Prof Andreas Walmsley
Dr Birgitte Wraae

 Mini Track Chairs: Dr. Alexandros Kakouris, Prof Nikolaos Apostolopoulos, Prof Andreas Walmsley and Dr Birgitte Wraae

ECIE 2021 Mini Track on Entrepreneurship Education and Learning  

This mini track will focus on entrepreneurship education, a field of significant growth in entrepreneurship research. We draw upon both the European and the US perspectives for entrepreneurship education and consider the interdisciplinary nature this education provides 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. Entreneurship education can be provided in a wide range of scenarios from formal academic settings to informal events; typical classrooms to incubators, technology parks and summer academies and more. At the same time, a large variety in content and methods is observed without a unanimous teaching model. Moreover, recent trends show the importance of linking entrepreneurship education with sustainable development and social challenges. This mini-track aims to bring academics and practitioners from different entrepreneurship 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
  • Entrepreneurship education, sustainable development and social challenges
  • Entrepreneurial learning environments
  • Mapping the impact of entrepreneurship education
  • Perspectives of educational policies for entrepreneurship

Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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

ECIE 2021 Mini Track on 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

Family Business in Early Stages

 Mini Track Chair: Professor Cezar Scarlat, University “Politehnica” of Bucharest, Romania  

ECIE 2021 Mini Track on Family Business in Early Stages  

As result of global prominence of family businesses, a growing attention is paid to them – as shown by The Family Capital 750 (Walmart Inc., Volkswagen AG, and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. topping the list): the 750 listed companies have generated $9.1 trillion in revenues in 2018, and employed 30.5 million staff; they, simply, drive the global economic growth.  

However, the focus of this mini-track is on small family businesses, or, in other words, on the early stages of the family business lifecycle. Family businesses – particularly in the early stages of their lifecycle – are remarkably innovative and display entrepreneurial features; consequently their study is a suitable topic to the ECIE profile.  Although the family business is a global phenomenon, common to all economies, the respective taxonomy (categorization as such) is a matter of national regulations, other criteria (in addition to family ownership) being applicable.  Therefore, studies on both peculiarities and universal characteristics (as dynamism, resilience, flexibility, quick action and short decision cycle) are challenging issues to explore.  

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:  

  • Entrepreneurial character of family business
  • Peculiarities and universal characteristics of family businesses during early stages of their lifecycle
  • Cultural and national prints in family businesses along early stages of their lifecycle
  • Traditional versus new technologies in small family businesses
  • Management conflicts during the ownership and/or management succession processes in the family businesses
  • Family business, its growth and scalability
  • Case Studies looking at interesting examples of Family Business in their early stages

Design Thinking-Driven Innovation in the Context of Corporate Entrepreneurship

Fraser Bruce
Sharifa Latter

 Mini Track Chair: Fraser Bruce and Sharifa Latter,University of Dundee, Scotland, UK  

ECIE 2021 Mini Track on Design Thinking-Driven Innovation in the Context of Corporate Entrepreneurship  

It is widely acknowledged that organisations need to create and sustain cultures that support risk-taking and entrepreneurial behaviour. Corporate Entrepreneurship in particular has continued to gain traction in recent years as a process to develop new business to increase revenue streams and added value in the marketplace. Successful Innovation Management has therefore taken centre stage as a strategy to mitigate risk and create competitive advantages within entrepreneurial business endeavours. Popularised by global design, innovation and management consultancies like IDEO and McKinsey & Company, design practice has spread its domain of activities over the past decade into wider fields, where the value of the process is equally important to the creation of new products and services. This spread is likely to continue into other domains and so others who are not professional designers may practise Design Thinking.

Arguably today’s generic challenge is understanding the contribution of Design Thinking to the discourse of Corporate Entrepreneurship through organisational structures and strategic decision making. In doing so, this might also have something useful to offer to those concerned with innovation management inside organisations. 

This mini-track is at the interface of Design Thinking, Corporate Entrepreneurship and innovation and aims to address some of the following research questions and themes:

  • How can corporate entrepreneurship be supported through the application of Design Thinking to identify and create internal and external entrepreneurial opportunities and ventures?
  • What is the influence of Design Thinking on the entrepreneurial innovation management process?
  • How can Design Thinking support the development of dynamic, flexible business entities or sustain an innovative environment amid constant change as well as overcoming the friction that occurs between new and existing business domains?

Entrepreneurial Operations for Real Estate Investment

 Mini Track Chair: Dr. Nasser Abouzakhar, Director, Anzar Property Group, UK  

ECIE 2021 Mini Track on Entrepreneurial Operations for Real Estate Investment  

Every year, large financial institutions secure billions of pounds to provide the necessary funds for real estate investment projects. These funds present opportunities for entrepreneurs to establish their real estate business, raise funds for investment activities, and achieve financial freedom. Entrepreneurs can benefit from real estate investment in terms of receiving a regular passive income, cash flow, capital appreciation, and self-satisfaction.  However, they need to carry out different activities and operations such as assessing the market, using data analytics, identifying investment opportunities, marketing, and managing resources associated with operating the real estate business. Real estate investment requires proper planning and a good understanding of the risks and challenges of a property business. Therefore, entrepreneurs have to acquire the necessary skills and build competent teams of experts to support them to maximise their returns and minimise financial risks. This is to compensate for their lack of knowledge in certain areas and to focus on developing the necessary investment strategies.  

The purpose of this Mini-Track is to bring together researchers and industrials interested in entrepreneurial aspects related to real estate investment. Recent advances in the fields of real estate investment and entrepreneurship such as planning and financing, analysing markets, managing investment processes and systems, predictive analytics for real estate business will be covered. This Mini Track is expected to attract practitioners, academics, and professionals and to stimulate interesting discussions about the latest development for entrepreneurial operations and real estate investment. 

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • Risks and challenges facing real estate entrepreneurs
  • Real estate analysis techniques, tools, and systems entrepreneurs should be familiar with
  • Managing processes and systems in the real estate business
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and characteristics of real estate entrepreneurs
  • Predictive analytics and Big data tools for real estate business
  • Real estate business planning, strategies, and financing options
  • Real-life scenarios of entrepreneurial operations for real estate investment