Creative Spark 2020: Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Europe

Starts:  Mar 14, 2020 8:00 AM (DE)
Ends:  Mar 15, 2020 6:00 PM (DE)
Associated with  Entrepreneurship (ENT)

Workshop "Creative Spark 2020: Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Europe"
Indiana University Europe Gateway
Gneisenaustraße 27, 10961 Berlin, Germany
13-14 March 2020

Submission Deadline: February 1st, 2020 (1700 GMT Time).
Workshop Organizers:
David B. Audretsch State Indiana University, USA
Rosa Caiazza, Parthenope University of Naples, Italy
Diemo Urbig, Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany
Maksim Belitski, University of Reading, UK; ICD Business School, France
Sponsors: by University of Reading, Indiana University Bloomington and the British Council "Creative Spark" project.
David B. Audretsch, Indiana University, Editor-in-Chief, Small Business Economics Journal
Knowledge is recognized as a crucial element of economic growth in addition to physical capital and labor. Knowledge can be transformed into products and processes and is, in this way, exploited commercially. The ability to produce, identify, and exploit knowledge depends on the existing knowledge stock and the absorptive capacity of actors such as employees at firms and researchers at universities and research institutions. However, much of existing knowledge will never spillover and the latent entrepreneurs will never establish their firms as "knowledge filter" and "creativity filter" will create an invisible barrier for knowledge creation, transfer and commercialization.

For the emergent entrepreneurship, knowledge and creativity per se may not be enough and new knowledge transmission channels need to be identified and explored. Investment in knowledge internally, investment in creative capital, sourcing knowledge regionally, nationally and internationally as well as mastering entrepreneurship and innovation while creating stronger institutional environment and entrepreneurial ecosystems may become a robust solution for new start-ups.

The entrepreneurship and innovation literature has recently emphasized the role of latent and emergent entrepreneurship in bringing innovations to the market (Caiazza et al., 2015, 2019; Audretsch et al. 2017; Neffke et al. 2018; Elie et al. 2020) and penetrating the knowledge filter. As the connection between entrepreneurship and innovation is a stylized fact, regional entrepreneurship and innovation policies should become more selective by targeting more innovative types of entrepreneurship with efficient channels of knowledge generation and transfer, rather than supporting total entrepreneurship activity.

Therefore, the call for research on this subject is both timely and necessary to meet the industry and innovation challenges we are facing in the 21st Century. The workshop aims to create a platform which advances our understanding on the processes from a "latent (nascent) to emergent entrepreneurship, underlying knowledge creation, exploration and commercialization channels.
The contributions to the subject are expected to yield seminal findings which will have profound implications for a wide range of stakeholders including technology and innovation scholars, managers and policymakers as well as regional and national originations and all aspects of society.
  • This workshop will specifically address the issue of institutions in reducing the knowledge filter and enabling the emergence of entrepreneurial opportunities (emergent entrepreneurship). It will offer novel and creative knowledge transmission channels at individual, firm, regional and macro levels to bestow innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe and beyond.
  • By considering both micro- industry- regional- and national-level issues, the workshop welcomes interdisciplinary in nature multi-level research on the role of knowledge / creativity in entrepreneurship research and the ability of entrepreneurs to transit from a latent to emergent stages. We are looking to collect exemplary theoretical, empirical and methodological research that showcase alternative, rebel or (and) creative approaches to existing theoretical concepts, empirical strategies and methods in entrepreneurship and innovation research.
Theoretical and empirical contributions from the following areas are welcome:
  • Types of entrepreneurship and its impact on societal change
  • How entrepreneurship change the business environment (e.g. university–industry relationship, industry-government-university collaboration)
  • Knowledge spillover of entrepreneurship
  • Creativity spillover of entrepreneurship
  • Digital technology and Industry 4.0 in facilitating entrepreneurial activity
  • Business incubation and science parks as inhibitors and facilitators of creativity and knowledge transfer
  • Hybrid entrepreneurship
  • Knowledge filter as an impediment to latent entrepreneurship
  • From latent to emergent entrepreneurship
  • Institutions as a knowledge filter for latent and emergent entrepreneurs
  • Empirical methods to measure and predict the size of the knowledge filter
  • Knowledge inflows and outflows, reverse knowledge spillovers and entrepreneurship
We also ask several questions:
  • How dynamic capabilities and new digital tools may facilitate latent and emergent entrepreneurs?
  • Do latent and emergent entrepreneurs have different models of innovation and entrepreneurship across different industries, technologies and types of the entrepreneurial ecosystems?
  • To what extent is the goal setting process and success of latent and emergent entrepreneurs embedded in founders' background, team dynamics, as well as in the social and institutional context (e.g., family, university, community, business accelerators, regional ecosystem)?
  • How can public policy benefit from a better understanding of the heterogeneity among Schumpeterian and Kirznerian types of entrepreneurship and its context?
This workshop is distinct from other workshops given the unique match between the theme and the local setting in Berlin, Germany which is known as the European creative hub and its dynamic ecosystem which produces world-beating companies and has one of the largest number of tech start-ups in Europe and the world. 
The selected high-quality research papers will be invited to submit their full papers after the workshop to the special issue "From latent to emergent Entrepreneurship" in Technological Forecasting and Social Change (3 star ABS). Deadline for submissions June 30, 2020
After the initial screening by the guest editors, the submissions will go through a rigorous double-blind review process. On the compilations of referee reports, the editors will make the final decision. The submissions which are found to be internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigor will be considered for publication.

Participation in the workshop is not mandatory for the submission to the SI "From latent to emergent Entrepreneurship" in Technological Forecasting and Social Change.

Please submit an extended abstract (5 pages outlying research question, hypothesis, method, main findings) or a full paper to m.belitski@reading., by February 1st, 2020 5 pm to be considered for the workshop.


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