ECIE Mini Tracks

The Mini Tracks at ECIE

      • Entrepreneurship Education and Learning
      • Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
      • Government Support of Entrepreneurship
      • Entrepreneurship in the New Digital Era: The Era of Change
      • Entrepreneurial Operations for Real Estate Investment
      • Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Age of AI and Knowledge-Economy
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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 2022 Mini Track on Entrepreneurship Education and Learning  

This mini track will focus on entrepreneurship education, a field of significant growth in entrepreneurship research. The track seeks to draw upon global perspectives for entrepreneurship education, in particular considering the interdisciplinary nature this education provides. 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. Entrepreneurship 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 Pavlov, Central  Economics and Mathematics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia

ECIE 2022 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

Government Support of Entrepreneurship

 Mini Track Chair: Dr. Sergei Polbitsyn, Ural Federal University, Russia  

ECIE 2022 Mini Track on Government Support of Entrepreneurship  

In these times more than ever, Governments from around the world are looking for ways to boost their economies and help their countries grow. Governments have been announcing the full support of entrepreneurship as the tool to provide the social and economic stability of their populations. However social policy on entrepreneurship support is not as efficient as it is supposed to be. There are many flaws including issues with implementation, intrastruture. The track is dedicated to the discussion of social policy problems on entrepreneurship support affecting both economic and social subsystems of the society. We are also looking for discussion on policy which has been successful, case studies are welcomed.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • social policy on entrepreneurship
  • support of entrepreneurship
  • social responsibility of entrepreneurs
  • social efficiency of entrepreneurship
  • encouraging minority entrepreneurs
  • entrepreneurial ecosystem

Entrepreneurship in the New Digital Era: The Era of Change

Dr Sofia Daskou
Dr Antonis Zairis
Dr Andreas Masouras
Dr Christos Papademetriou

 Mini Track Chair:  Dr Sofia Daskou, Dr Antonis Zairis, Dr Andreas Masouras and Dr Christos Papademetriou, Neapolis University Pafos, Cyprus  

ECIE 2022 Mini Track on Entrepreneurship in the New Digital Era: The Era of Change  

This mini track will focus on entrepreneurial trends, in an era of continuous flux. The track seeks to draw upon perspectives of entrepreneurial actions pertinent to the digital transformation of firms. The world as we know it is changing at a radical pace and in response, enterprises are called to transform into learning organizations that apply digital tools and competencies to sustain their relevance to the markets they serve. Such practices contest enterprises, as entrepreneurs try to cope with the pressures of societal, and environmental changes that challenge them. In response to these challenges, enterprises digitize several of their processes and systems, become more intelligent, to (co)-create value with their stakeholders, especially in terms of distribution systems, marketing panning, and retailing. The digital entrepreneurial approaches redefine the nature of corporate entrepreneurship, business operations, customer service and product delivery in rearranged value chains.  

This mini-track aims to facilitate the debate between academics and practitioners from different entrepreneurial settings on how entrepreneurship is best practiced in the New Digital Era.  

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • Digital transformation of enterprises
  • Digital business models
  • Entrepreneurial Challenges in the Digital Era
  • The impact of digital entrepreneurship on sustainability, society and change
  • Knowledge Management of a digital enterprises
  • Special issues of entrepreneurship focusing on digital retailing, digital distribution systems, corporate entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial competencies for value (co-)creation.

Entrepreneurial Operations for Real Estate Investment

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

ECIE 2022 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.  

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:  

  • Entrepreneurial mindset and characteristics of real estate entrepreneurs
  • 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
  • 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

Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Age of AI and Knowledge-Economy

 Mini Track Chair:Dr Mitt Nowshade Kabir, “Trouvus”, AI Consulting and Development Company, Toronto, Canada  

ECIE 2022 Mini Track on Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Age of AI and Knowledge-Economy  

The main components of economic activities such as production and service are powered by knowledge and information in the knowledge economy. Economic growth in this new paradigm relies on technological and scientific innovation continuity. In turn, the application of novel technologies bolsters the emergence of new industries and sectors and propels economic expansion. Artificial Intelligence as a foundational technology has already become an underlying key element in various fields and instigated a plethora of innovation. A massive surge in AI startups in the technology arena across the board demonstrates that entrepreneurs are increasingly taking advantage of AI opportunities. At present, however, the nexus between AI and innovation, AI and other technologies in entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurial opportunities are still at the early research stage.  

Moreover, we consider that topics related to how and why such opportunities occur and the impact of AI-based innovation and entrepreneurship on the global and local economy in coming years require serious attention. Answers to many of these questions will help us better grasp the rapid and ubiquitous changes that AI brings and understand the consequences of these changes. It will also help organizations and entrepreneurs obtain new knowledge, foresee future developments in their respective industries, and prepare accordingly.  Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • AI-enabled Innovation in various industries, i.e., healthcare, finance, education, public services
  • AI and Innovation in Industry 4.0
  • AI-based innovation in other emerging technologies, such as metaverse, digital twin, IoT
  • AI innovation ecosystems
  • Business model innovation and AI
  • Data-driven innovation
  • AI-based digital transformation
  • AI technology diffusion and its impact on entrepreneurial activities
  • Economics of AI in the Knowledge-Economy
  • Business models in AI-based technology ventures