Call for Papers

Enterprise Policy: The application of theory and progression of policy and practice Thursday 26th October 2017, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland

Dr Norin Arshed, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland
Dr Nick Williams, Leeds University, England
Dr Christophe Garonne, IESEG School of Management, France

Confirmed Keynote Speakers and Panellists

Professor David Smallbone, Kingston University
Professor Francis Greene, Edinburgh University
Professor Monder Ram, Birmingham University
Louise Marshall, Senior Policy Advisor, Department for Business, Energy and Industry Strategy, England
Mary McAllan, Director of Economic Development, Scottish Government
Daniel Mahoney, Deputy Director and Head of Economic Research, Centre for Policy Studies, England
Philip Salter, Director, The Entrepreneurs Network, England

About the Workshop

This one day workshop is targeted at international entrepreneurship PhD candidates, early career academics and leading faculty members who are undertaking research into the current state of enterprise policy and understanding how theory impacts practice in the entrepreneurship domain. Policy-makers are also invited from national and international governments to allow for a wider understanding of the policy context. The workshop offers networking, knowledge exchange, paper development and mentoring from key people in the field of enterprise policy


Entrepreneurship has become fundamental in the economic strategies of governments around the world. Entrepreneurial activity is recognised to not only drive economic growth, but also increase employment, encourage innovation, and strengthen international competitiveness. It also offers the potential in contributing to overcoming current social and economic challenges as governments emerge slowly from crisis and move beyond austerity. As such, enterprise policy has arisen as a popular choice of policy for governments; however much of it is ineffective. To ensure that it is effective and has a positive impact on economies and societies, it is important that we understand the policy process itself because there is a need to examine the historical, temporal, institutional, spatial, and social contexts, both at national and international levels.

The aim of the workshop is to facilitate sharing of knowledge, advice, experiences and practices of enterprise policy in an inclusive and supportive environment. In addition, the workshop will lead to collaborative partnerships with policy- makers to work closely alongside academics to promote enterprise policy and create a new and lasting community. Furthermore, attendees (PhD and early career researchers) at the workshop will develop their research papers in preparation for a number of renowned international conferences, in particular the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Academy of Management, and the European Council of Small Business RENT Conference. Moreover, a proposal for a Special Issue on “Enterprise Policy: The application of theory and progression of policy and practice” to Regional Studies is currently in progress and there is further chance of submitting full papers to the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research: “Innovations in entrepreneurship support: alternatives, opportunities and future agendas”.

The workshop has two main developmental objectives. The first is to assist in developing academic and policy knowledge transfer through keynote addresses and panel discussions with experts which includes feedback and discussion of participants’ papers. The second is to provide excellent networking and mentoring opportunities with support, encouragement, recognition and validation for participants, in particular PhD researchers and early career academics.

Wednesday 25th October 2017
19.00: A welcome dinner and networking opportunity – Bridge Inn, Edinburgh Thursday 26th October 2017
09.00-09.30: Tea/coffee and registration
09.30-09.45: Welcome address
09.45-10.15: 3-minute introductions from the invited panel

10.15-11.15: Panel discussion: What is the current state of play with enterprise policy?
Discussion of past, present and future enterprise policies governments are undertaking to assist and support entrepreneurs

and small businesses.

11.15-11.30: Tea/coffee break

11.30-12.30: Panel discussion: How can academics assist?
Discussion on the experiences of academics and policy-makers in developing theory and practice of enterprise policy:

understanding and exploring the methods of data collection and the challenges involved

12.30-13.30: Lunch and networking

13.30-15.30: Paper development

  • 3 groups with a mixture of senior academics, early career academics, and PhDs
  • 30 minutes to discuss papers including 5 minute/slide overview of paper and 25 minute discussion

    15.30-15.45: Tea/coffee break 15.45-16.30: Reporting back

Senior academics round up with a 5 minute update presented to all the workshop with 10 minute discussion

16.30-17.30: Future Strategy

  • Discussion of next stage and future directions for group
  • Wrap up of workshop

    Application Details

    • PhD candidates £100
    • Early career academics £120
    • Faculty and other £150


      With thanks to our sponsors: School of Social Sciences, Heriot-Watt University and Society for Advancement of Management Studies

Scholars wishing to participate in the workshop must submit an abstract (which should not exceed 1,000 words) to Dr Norin Arshed (n.arshed) by Friday 4thAugust 2017, 5pm. Authors will be notified of acceptance or otherwise by Friday 11th August 2017.

Full papers (8,000 words including references) should be submitted by Monday 9th October 2017, 12pm. Workshop fees:

All fees for participants must be paid prior to the workshop (deadline 1st October 2017).
Please register and pay at the following:

If you have any queries please contact Norin Arshed: n.arshed

Please note there are limited number of spaces for PhD and early career researchers – there are 15 available spaces and three will be awarded a bursary. The bursary will pay for the registration fee, accommodation (for 2 nights) and travel. Individuals will be notified of being awarded a bursary by Friday 11th August 2017.

Dr Nick Williams
University of Leeds