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The purpose of the MPP is to support publication of gender and entrepreneurship research among scholars in the Arab world. The MPP launches with a publication workshop which critically evaluates how to prepare, argue, structure and edit a journal article submission to maximise the likelihood of review, revision and acceptance.

  1. Did you obtain your PhD in the last 10 years?
  2. Are you based at a university located in the Arab world?
  3. Are you researching a topic related to gender and entrepreneurship?

If you answered YES to all three questions, please join us on Thursday Sept 16th, 4-5.30 pm KSA time for the launch of the MPP and the PUBLICATION WORKSHOP facilitated by Professor Haya Al-Dajani, Professor Susan Marlow and Dr Lorna Treanor.

The workshop explores the process of preparing, structuring and revising academic papers.  The facilitators will draw on their editorial expertise and experience in publishing in top rated journals. A range of issues will be covered including which journal to target, how to structure arguments, demonstrating a contribution, writing analytically, presenting empirical material, key editing aspects, and responding to reviewers.  Participants are encouraged to bring their questions about their publication queries and experiences.  The session will be recorded and made available to all participants. In adopting this approach, we hope to make this an interactive, informal session which directly responds to the participants’ priorities. 

All participants who attend the publication workshop will be eligible to apply for mentoring from our gender and entrepreneurship experts who have published extensively in international and world leading journals, ranked at 4* and 3* in the ABS list:

Professor Susan Marlow – Field Editor of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice and Editor of the International Small Business Journal, the UK’s premier entrepreneurship research journal.

Professor Haya Al-Dajani –Haya sits on the Editorial Boards of the International Small Business Journal, International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Journal of Family Business Management, and the Arab Economic and Business Journal.

Dr Bettina Bastian Editor of the Arab Economic and Business Journal and has extensive reviewing experience for leading entrepreneurship journals.  She is leading on several special issues related to gender and entrepreneurship scholarship in the Arab world.  

Professor Dilani Jayawarna – Associate Editor of the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research and Consulting Editor for the International Small Business Journal.

Dr Sally Jones – Co-Chair of ISBEGEN and an experienced reviewer for ISBJ, GWO and IJEBR among others, Sally has led the GEN Confreat, paper development workshops, since 2016. Sally is a review committee member for the International Journal for Entrepreneurship Behaviour and Research.

Professor Maura McAdam Maura sits on several Editorial Boards of leading entrepreneurship journals and is an experienced reviewer and academic mentor.   

Professor Julia Rouse Julia is a highly experienced academic, reviewer and mentor and sits on several editorial boards of leading entrepreneurship journals including the International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship.  

Dr Hayfaa Tlaiss – Hayfaa has published extensively on women’s entrepreneurship in the Arab world.  She co-chairs MENAGEN and is an experienced reviewer for leading entrepreneurship journals.  

Dr Lorna Treanor – Lorna is an Editorial Board member and Consulting Editor for the International Small Business Journal and Vice President for Research of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE).

Professor Natalia Vershinina – Associate Editor of Entrepreneurship & Regional Development and of the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research.  Natalia is also a highly experienced reviewer.

Following the Publication Workshop, participants will be invited to submit a 2500 word journal publication outline. All submissions will be reviewed by our Experts who will provide feedback and comments on all applications.

Further details of the mentoring process in terms of expectations and support will be provided at the Publication Workshop on September 16th so please make sure you register to attend: registration form

Thanks to the sponsorship of the Babson Global Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (BGCEL), registration for the Publication Workshop and the mentoring is free.

To learn more about MENAGEN, please join: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12506921/

International Diversity Day event in collaboration with the Federation for Small Businesses, 21st May 2018

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In commemoration of International Diversity Day, GEN teamed up with the UK’s Federation for Small Businesses (FSB) in Manchester, Nottingham and Plymouth to host a webinar across the three locations held at MMU, Nottingham University and the University of Plymouth.  Over sixty FSB members registered for the event and delegates from the three universities also attended. The purpose of this collaboration was threefold; to share leading research on unconscious bias, diversity and leadership, and their impact on women-owned firms, enhance awareness about GEN, and to facilitate inter-regional FSB – GEN networking and collaboration opportunities.

The event consisted of the following three presentations streamed live across our venues in Manchester, Nottingham and Plymouth, where they were followed by local networking and discussions:

  • Unconscious Bias (Dr Sylvia Terbeck, School of Psychology, University of Plymouth)

Whilst equality and diversity training might effect our explicit expressions and behaviour, we also harbour unconscious biases which can affect us. Learning and understanding the scientific bases and the psychology behind them can support more open and nuanced attitudes. This can help business to be more successful in attracting a diverse range of staff and customers. In this presentation Sylvia discussed the social psychology of unconscious bias. She explained the underlying psychological mechanisms, the latest research in this area, and ways to overcome prejudices.

  • Unconscious Bias, a Lack of Diversity and Gender Inequalities in a Traditionally Male Profession: A Case Study (Dr Lorna Treanor, Nottingham University Business School)

This presentation demonstrates how embedded stereotypes influence the career outcomes of individual professional women located within a traditionally masculine STEM profession (veterinary medicine). The profession is now numerically dominated by women but is still led by men. The presentation highlighted the outworkings of unconscious bias within organisations – in terms of recruitment and selection, work allocation and promotion decisions.

  • Generating Routes for Women’s Leadership (Dr Helen Woolnough, Sylvia Pankhurst Gender and Diversity Research Centre, Manchester Metropolitan University)

Research tells us how organisational processes obstruct women’s progression and retention in leadership roles, and pioneering organisations are responding by developing initiatives to create better routes for women’s leadership. But how do businesses access this knowledge and work out which insights and practices can drive innovation in their organisations? This presentation highlighted the Generating Routes for Women’s Leadership (GROWL) project, which uses the methodology of ‘Engaged Scholarship’ to put organisations in dialogue with research evidence and better practice so they can innovate develop and retain female talent in leadership roles.



Re-thinking Female Entrepreneurship

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One day Conference
Durham University Business School, UK
Mill Hill Lane, Durham DH1 3LB

Thursday 21st June 2018
Time: 10.00 – 17.00

Academics and practitioners are invited to come together for a one day conference on “Re-thinking female entrepreneurship” to bring to the fore the voices of female entrepreneurs (including social entrepreneurs); explore the diversity and heterogeneity of their experiences and challenge the gendered discourse of entrepreneurship.

The conference programme promises a diversity of perspectives. It will explore various aspects of (women’s) entrepreneurial experiences and identities including entrepreneurial leadership, the representation of women’s working lives, household dynamics and growth decisions, and the impact of the entrepreneur’s values on the business. The conference will also discuss enterprise policy initiatives including the policy-practice gap and the role of activist research in closing the gap.

The conference is generously funded by the British Academy as part of part of a three year British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship which explores the journey of female entrepreneurs in Yorkshire using oral history approaches.

Keynote speakers:

Prof. Sara Carter (awarded the OBE for services to women entrepreneurs in 2008) – Professor of Entrepreneurship – University of Strathclyde
Households as a Site of Entrepreneurial Activity

Prof. Jackie Ford – Professor of Leadership and Organisation Studies – Durham University
Entrepreneurial Leadership: Women’s Accounts

Prof. Mark Learmonth – Professor of Organisation Studies – Durham University
Women’s Work: As Represented in Disney Animations

Prof. Claire Leitch – Chair in Entrepreneurial Leadership – Lancaster University
Gender and the Production of Entrepreneurial Legitimacy

Dr Patricia Lewis – Reader in Management – University of Kent
Exploring the Lived Body of (Female) Entrepreneurship in Postfeminist Times

Prof. Susan Marlow (holder of the Queen Award for Enterprise) – Professor of Entrepreneurship – Nottingham University
Women’s entrepreneurship – The Empresses New Clothes?

Prof. Julia Rouse – Professor of Entrepreneurship – Metropolitan Manchester University
How Do We Create Change for Women in Entrepreneurship? Exploring the potential of Engaged and Activist Scholarship

Prof. Kerrie Unsworth – Chair in Organizational Behaviour – Leeds University
What Do You Get Out of Being an Entrepreneur? Rethinking via the Goal Hierarchy

The conference will include three panel discussions and will conclude with a discussion between practitioners and academics on how both parties can work together to better represent the experiences of women business owners and make their voices heard.

Due to the high calibre of the speakers we are expecting a high level of demand for conference places, so please book your place by sending an email to business.researchadmin@durham.ac.uk.  Please make sure you can make the date before you book your place.

The conference is free of charge with lunch and refreshments included. Please advise of any dietary requirements.

We look forward to seeing you for a day-long engagement for what we expect to be some fascinating discussions and debates on gender and entrepreneurship.