Call for Papers: Paper Accelerator Workshop on Gender and Entrepreneurship – 19 – 20 February 2018 at IÉSEG School of Management, Paris, France.

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Individuals evoke cultural biases when they interpret and judge phenomena against standards and norms – or stereotypes – inherent to their own culture. Accumulating evidence suggests that cultural biases have a broad impact on gender disparities in entrepreneurial interest, activity and success. Stereotypes about women’s and men’s differing abilities can prompt women to evaluate business opportunities less favorably, lower their entrepreneurial intentions and self-efficacy, and disadvantage them in their quest for financial and social support from others  (Bigelow et al. 2014; Gupta et al, 2008; 2009; Gupta and Turban, 2012; Thébaud 2010; 2015).  Cultural beliefs regarding men’s and women’s roles in the family—beliefs which are variably shaped by the normative and cultural context (Chell and Baines, 1998; Nelson and Constantinidis, 2016)— can further facilitate or hinder entrepreneurial behavior (Welter et al, 2006; Cliff, 1998; Thébaud, 2015).

However, contemporary entrepreneurship research is often de-contextualized, with a relative lack of attention to the structural and cultural features that impact gender inequalities in entrepreneurial resources, strategies, and outcomes (Hughes et al, 2012; Lewis, 2014; Jennings and Brush, 2013, Ahl, 2006; Welter et al, 2016). Future research would benefit from more collaborative work across national borders which investigates how cultural biases pattern entrepreneurship differently in different contexts. We also believe that the full breadth and scope of what constitutes gender and entrepreneurship research requires extension. For example, studies investigating the impact of gender stereotypes on men entrepreneurs (Jennings and Brush, 2013) or the constraints of dominant models of masculinity for men in family business (Nelson and Constantinidis, 2016) would prove fruitful. At the same time, whiteness and masculinity continue to provide intangible resources to entrepreneurial legitimacy (Martinez Dy, et al., 2016) and there is a need for more research which addresses how intersecting identities (gender and race, social class, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability) form and shape the entrepreneurial experience.

In this workshop, we are especially interested in papers that theorize and/or empirically evaluate the ways that gender stereotypes and implicit cultural beliefs affect entrepreneurial outcomes—such as entrepreneurial interests, processes, resources, or activities.  We especially welcome scholarly work that identifies how the (negative) effects of cultural biases may be mitigated in certain social contexts

This is a paper development workshop. We seek to assemble a group of mid-career researchers, with an established knowledge and experience in gender and entrepreneurship research, who are looking to accelerate existing manuscripts.  Through expert reviews, discussion and feedback – from both peers and two key note speakers (Dr. Sarah Thébaud and Dr. Sally Jones) – we aim to help participants significantly improve and advance their papers.

In doing so, we hope to create, nurture and foster research collaboration between gender and entrepreneurship academics from different national contexts.

To guarantee a high quality of feedback, participation in this workshop will be limited to 15 papers. We welcome original research but will prioritize papers that have been previously presented at conferences and/or developed for journal submission. Workshop participants will be expected to read, reflect and discuss on other’s submissions.

Timeline and procedure:

  1. November 24th 2017: Authors invited to submit complete anonymized paper, title page (with authors’ information) and accompanying cover letter to Janice Byrne ( on or before this date. The cover letter should provide information on the paper history (Just finished paper? Already submitted to a journal? Previously rejected paper?)  as well as your specific questions or aspirations regarding the paper.  We would also ask that you outline your areas of expertise (to facilitate matching authors and discussants in the workshop).
  2. December 21st 2017: Authors informed of acceptance or decline. Selection criteria include pertinence, originality, and potential contribution (either theoretical or empirical). Information provided on ‘next steps’ prior to workshop attendance.
  3. February 19th and 20th: PAW workshop including two key note speakers (Dr. Sarah Thebaud and Dr. Sally Jones), networking and small group based paper feedback sessions.

The workshop will be hosted by IESEG School of Management, Paris campus (Paris-La Défense), France on the 19th and 20th February 2018.

 We look forward to seeing you in Paris in Spring !


Tackling the myths of money, self care and the Imposter Syndrome II 

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Saturday 11 November 2017 
@ Loughborough University London


Full price: £25 + booking fee  

Concs (students/low income): 12.50 + booking fee

Digital Women UK invites you to:

  • celebrate yourself at the 1st anniversary of its Missing in Action: Tackling the myths of money, self care and the Imposter Syndrome series
  • access informative entrepreneurs, mindfulness and professional development experts
  • capitalise on having the space to problem-solve, collaborate and confidence-build
  • be part of a growing and supportive network of digital entrepreneurs, creatives and women in tech

Digital Women UK, in partnership with Loughborough University London, will celebrate the first anniversary of its impactful Tackling the myths of money, self care and the Imposter Syndrome as part of its Missing in Action: Women and Digital Enterprise in the UK programme.

This one day event will provide a creative, reflective and dynamic space for female creatives, women in tech and budding and emerging entrepreneurs, to explore internal barriers (and myths) around their personal and professional relationship with money, their definitions of self care and the impact of the so-called ‘Imposter Syndrome’.

You will be facilitated by an exciting and experienced group of practitioners who will lead experiential workshops and interactive talks, giving you the chance to share ideas, collaborate, problem-solve and leave with useful tools to apply to your personal and professional lives.
Speakers and workshop facilitators include:

  • Joy Francis, Words of Colour Productions and Digital Women UK
  • Dr Angela Martinez Dy, Loughborough University London
  • Natalie Lue, founder, Baggage Reclaim 
  • Mindy Kaur, founder, ESHQROCK
  • Leslie Brownbridge, mindfulness facilitator and writer
  • Philomena Francis, art psychotherapist and psychoanalyst

What participants say about the programme:
“I left with new ideas, burgeoning friendships and a rejuvenated sense of what I want to and can do. The fear that my plans are too big was squashed. It whimpered off into a corner, and is now gone.” A.M

To find out more and to book, click here: 

Upcoming Webinar: Borders, prosperity and entrepreneurial responses

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In embracing the conference theme of ‘Borders: prosperity and entrepreneurial responses’, the Gender and Enterprise Network (Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group) will host an international webinar during ISBE 2017.  This webinar aims to conquer some of the political borders that separate the international entrepreneurship community by bringing us together to share and discuss the potential of entrepreneurship in conquering borders through virtual and physical presence.

A panel of gender and entrepreneurship experts, listed below, will share with us their research on how entrepreneurs conquer the borders in their minds, as well as the social, political and economic borders that define our present and future.

We encourage those interested to consider hosting a ‘webinar party’ where you gather in a classroom or auditorium at your institution to watch together, so that the content can transcend the physical borders of the ISBE 2017 conference, and inspire discussion and debate amongst your communities of practice.

Prof Susan Marlow

University of Nottingham

Gender, Entrepreneurship and Prosperity
Dr Lorna Treanor

University of Nottingham

Overcoming Barriers and Borders: Crowdfunding and Women Entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland
Dr Natalia Vershinina

University of Birmingham

EU Migrant Family Businesses in Birmingham: Reactions and Responses to Brexit
Dr Haya Al-Dajani

University of Plymouth

Resourceful Arab Refugee Women Navigating Borders in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey
Prof Diane Holt

University of Essex

Women, income generation and borders in the informal economy – A focus on subsistence contexts in Africa
Prof Maura McAdam

Dublin City University

Chair and Discussant

To join webinar virtually on Wednesday, November 8th at 14:00-15:30 GMT, use the link:

Tweet us at @ISBEGEN and share your experience using the hashtag #isbegen

For technical support please email Rob Edwards at