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Returning to work from maternity leave in SMEs Posted on behalf of @Tobias Pret and @Aviel Cogan   Managing people is a crucial activity that most entrepreneurs engage in on an everyday basis. Yet, entrepreneurship research has paid surprisingly little attention to the subject of employment relations. Maternity leave, in particular, and woman’s return to work have been largely overlooked. While most countries grant rights to protect pregnant women, too many small employers still consider maternity leave an annoyance. Consequently, to fit in with the norms and ideals of masculine cultures, women are often forced to conceal pregnancy symptoms, and ...
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Life Moves Pretty Fast… Remembering AOM 2021 and Preparing for AOM 2022 Posted on behalf of @Ashley Roccapriore , 2020 PhD Representative and @Andrew Nixon , 2021 PhD Representative   “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” - Ferris Bueller   It’s that time of year… College football season is starting, undergraduates are rushing back to campus to make it to class in time, and you’re drinking copious amounts of coffee to keep up. It’s hard to believe that just a few weeks ago you were socializing (albeit virtually) with friends you haven’t seen in a while or meeting new people at the ...
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Alongside a team of colleagues, I am undertaking a meta-analysis of social cognitive factors in entrepreneurial career success. We are currently searching for studies that: Focus on business founders/owners of profit-making businesses (inclusive of social enterprises); Measure two or more of the following variables (each variable is broadly defined): entrepreneurial success, self-efficacy, goals, and outcome expectations. If you know of such a study that we might not have readily found through traditional search methods (e.g., studies under development, non-published studies, studies in journals/venues/conferences that are not always obvious/accessible) ...
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Dear Colleagues, first of all, I hope you are doing well in this complex period. I am glad to inform you that, with Emilio Paolucci and Eleonora Fiore, I am a Guest Editor of a Special Issue on Administrative Sciences regarding "Fostering Student Entrepreneurship : Nascent and Active Entrepreneurs in Universities". Administrative Sciences is an open access journal of MDPI. I know that nowadays there are some discussions about MDPI journals. However, I hope you can find this Special Issue interesting and we can agree that the cover of a journal does not tell us everything :) Here you can find more information about the Special Issue : https://www.mdpi.com/journal/admsci/special_issues/Student_entrepreneurship ...
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(posted on behalf of   @Ashley Roccapriore , PhD Representative, and Jacob Waddingham) “If we create networks with the sole intention of getting something, we won’t succeed. We can’t pursue the benefits of networks; the benefits ensue from investments in meaningful activities and relationships.” – Adam Grant In the closing session of the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) on June 11th, the promotional video for BCERC 2022 at Baylor University highlighted the anticipation of meeting again in person . The excitement was palpable. More than a year has passed since most of us have had the opportunity to gather together safely ...
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(posted on behalf of @Tobias Pret  and @Aviel Cogan , Research Committee)   Causation and effectuation have long been recognized as decision-making logics that drive entrepreneurial activity. Initially, these logics were often juxtaposed, but there has been a growing recognition that they can be used together to achieve synergies and improve firm performance. However, little is known about the factors that enable entrepreneurs to use causal and effectual approaches simultaneously. Accordingly, Ilija Braun and Philipp Sieger from the University of Bern explore this subject in their recent Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal (SEJ) article, titled “Under ...
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(posted on behalf of @Tobias Pret  and @Aviel Cogan , Research Committee)  Entrepreneurship scholars have long been fascinated by entrepreneurs’ mobilization of resources, since their firms’ smallness and newness often severely constrain them. While much progress has been made in explaining how entrepreneurs ‘make do’ with the resources at hand through the concept of entrepreneurial bricolage, the contextual dimensions of this phenomenon has received less attention. Given that many peripheral regions, such as rural areas and depleted urban communities, suffer from a lack of access to high-quality human capital, infrastructure, suppliers, and markets, ...
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(posted on behalf of   @Ashley Roccapriore , PhD Representative, and Rebecca Arwine) ​ “There’s no shortage of remarkable ideas, what’s missing is the will to execute them.” – Seth Godin, Entrepreneur and Author We spend so much time during our academic careers teaching others about entrepreneurship, whether that’s through teaching, research, or service. Oftentimes, our entrepreneurship classes start with a lecture on finding a good idea. We expand on effectuation, causation, and bricolage (Sarasvathy, 2001; Baker & Nelson, 2005; Fisher, 2012), telling our students about and researching the various ways entrepreneurs find new ideas. Like the ...
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(posted on behalf of @Aviel Cogan and @Tobias Pret , Research Committee)  Locked down but still fighting By Aviel Cogan and Tobias Pret   The ongoing pandemic has permanently transformed the world and forced entrepreneurs to radically adapt to their altered environments. Naturally, scholars have been eager to explore the effects of government mandated lockdowns and changes in customer needs on entrepreneurs. Indeed, in the same way that most businesses and universities have been forced to embrace new communication technologies at breakneck speeds, so too has research into crisis management by entrepreneurs been catapulted forward during the ...
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(posted on behalf of   @Ashley Roccapriore , PhD Representative) Managing Relationships: How to interact and engage with advisors   One of the things most doctoral students struggle with early in their careers is how to interact with those who have been at this career for a much longer time. With the large power distance of more senior faculty and increased imposter syndrome of new students (Keogh, 2020), it’s understandable that students struggle to figure out how to best engage with faculty at their universities and others. While this can be difficult for many, it’s something that is also extremely important for not only junior scholars’ ...
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(posted on behalf of @Ashley Roccapriore , PhD Representative) Staying on track? Time Management Strategies for Ph.D. Students During COVID-19   I know I can’t be alone when I say COVID-19 has made productivity great some days and extremely difficult on others. With many Ph.D. programs seeking or offering 1-2 year extensions for students to finish their dissertations and find great placements (Flaherty, 2020), it can be difficult to avoid the pitfall of procrastination even more than before. There is so much on your plate at once, between teaching, research projects, dissertation work and even attempting to maintain a social life, making it ...
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(posted on behalf of @Tobias Pret and @Aviel Cogan , Research Committee)  Entrepreneurship as Design By Tobias Pret and Aviel Cogan There has been vigorous debate about the nature of opportunities and whether they are created by entrepreneurs or exist independent of them, waiting to be discovered and exploited. Part of the reason why scholars have struggled with the concept is that opportunities can only be known to exist once entrepreneurs have successfully pursued them. Thus, the concept of opportunities does relatively little to enhance our knowledge of entrepreneurial processes that lead up to (un)successful outcomes. Indeed, the retrospective ...
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​ Junior Faculty Position in Entrepreneurship School of Business and Economics VU Amsterdam, the Netherlands   The Opportunity As part of its growth ambitions, VU Amsterdam seeks to appoint a new assistant professor who is passionate about entrepreneurship and is committed to pursuing research and teaching excellence in this exciting field. We seek a new colleague who is passionate about doing relevant and rigorous research, is committed to publish at the highest level, and is enthusiastic about creating a stimulating learning environment for students in his/her teaching. An interest in the impact of new technological developments (e.g., digitization) ...
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Your firewall, antivirus, and log management tools are no longer enough to keep you safe. As of 2018, 85% of all companies allowed users to bring in their own devices for work. That means that they’re potentially doing work on devices with security solutions that you haven’t personally verified. In addition, seven out of ten employees work remotely at least once a week. In other words, they’re working in places that aren’t protected by your firewall – or any firewall at all, for that matter. When your employees work remotely using devices that they choose themselves, they may be more productive – but they’re certainly more vulnerable to attackers. Without ...
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Research Highlights: Do Founding Teams Experience Shared Passion? (Posted on behalf of Tobias Pret)  Most entrepreneurs are passionate about their ventures. Accordingly, a growing body of research explores the effects of entrepreneurial passion on enterprising individuals. Yet, although businesses are often founded by multiple entrepreneurs, we know comparatively little about how passion works in new venture teams. A recent study by Susana Santos and Melissa Cardon, titled “What's Love Got to Do With it? Team Entrepreneurial Passion and Performance in New Venture Teams” and published in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice , sheds much needed light on this ...
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