‘Shifting Gears’ is an international conference to be hosted by Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES) in Glasgow on 12 and 13 May, 2015. It will be the first event of its kind in Scotland, designed to build on the global leading Women’s Enterprise Framework already established here.
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The conference will explore the growth trend in female self-employment and small/medium business formation, particularly in non-traditional and innovative sectors. Identifying and examining the strategies and resources needed to support sustainable growth and unlock the significant potential of women’s enterprise to contribute to the Scottish economy.
Aligned with the themed actions contained in the Scottish Framework and Action Plan for Women’s Enterprise, international best practice will be used to share the journey from research findings, to policy development, to policy initiatives delivered in practice and their ultimate impact on women-owned businesses across the globe.
A range of first-class global speakers will challenge perceptions, provoke fresh thinking and highlight examples of best practice from around the world. Those insights will examine why female self-employment and business formation are a critical driver for economic growth; review the benefits for wellbeing, communities and families and the potential to reduce the burden on the public purse.
GEN Confreat Fully Subscribed
We’re pleased to share that ISBE has received 21 abstracts for the GEN Confreat to be held in Leeds, July 15-16. This is sure to be an excellent event for professional development and networking, and we are very much looking forward to it!
Watch this space for more information and outputs from the event.
Call for abstracts – ISBE2015
We invite you to submit an abstract and share your research, thinking and findings at the ISBE conference in November. We welcome Academic Research Papers (either refereed or working), Practitioner Papers and Case Studies for presentation at the conference.
Abstracts can now be submitted for review by the Track Chairs and their teams. GEN is chairing the Gender Track, and we welcome everyone to join us at the conference.
Abstracts should be no more than 400 words and should be submitted online using the following headings:
Objectives; Prior Work; Approach; Results; Implications; Value
Using a double blind review process, selection will be made on the abstract content and relevance to the final programme. All written papers will be included in the conference proceedings CD, made available to delegates and will be available to ISBE members via the ISBE website after the event.
Key dates & deadlines:
2nd March 2015 – Call for papers open
13th April 2015 – Deadline for submitting all abstracts
30th May 2015 – Notification to authors
13th July 2015 – Deadline for submitting full papers
13th July 2015 – Early-booking discount for registration ends
14th September 2015 – Submission of final versions of papers following reviewers’ comments. All presenting authors must be registered by this date.
11th & 12th November 2015 – ISBE 2015 Conference (with associated activities on 10th November)
We look forward to seeing you there!
Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th July 2015, Leeds, UK
The Gender and Entrepreneurship Network – a Special Interest Group of the Institute Small Business & Entrepreneurship (ISBE) – invites new and more established gender and entrepreneurship scholars to attend a forthcoming ‘Confreat’ (conference/retreat). The primary focus is to help participants to develop a working paper for a conference or journal publication through support, feedback and guidance from a prestigious team of established entrepreneurship academics with both qualitative and quantitative research backgrounds. To do so, participants will engage with contemporary perspectives on gender and entrepreneurship as well as explore the possibilities for impact from their research.
The idea for a confreat emerged from a desire expressed by our network for a unique space where the rigour of an academic conference was combined with the supportive and encouraging aspects of a retreat environment. Over the two days, you will discuss your work in-depth with other scholars in the field, be introduced to cutting-edge research in critical gender studies and entrepreneurship education, and learn how to develop and convey research impact. This experience is designed to sharpen your paper-writing skills and help you to develop both academically and professionally.
This confreat has been designed to support the development of full papers for those aiming to submit to the Gender Track of the ISBE conference in November 2015. However, participants are welcome to submit any paper on which they are currently working, either for a conference or journal submission.
Who should attend?
We are particularly interested in applications from Early Career Researchers (<5 years post PhD) and/or academics who wish to build on their current publication trajectory (i.e. aim for higher-rated journals) in the area of gender and entrepreneurship. Papers must be empirical with the methodological stance clearly defined within the abstract. There are no restrictions on the topic areas for the papers, which can relate to any aspect of gender and entrepreneurship/small business management.
Full programme details will be sent to successful applicants on acceptance.
ISBE Members – £300
Registration for this event will be restricted to accepted authors.
For further information and to submit an abstract please click here.