4PDS - 4th Paper Development Seminar "Entrepreneurship Process Research"

Starts:  Apr 26, 2021 8:00 AM (CET)
Ends:  Apr 27, 2021 7:00 PM (CET)
Associated with  Entrepreneurship (ENT)

April 26th - 27th, 2021. Universidad de Sevilla, Spain

Call for papers / proposals: “Entrepreneurship Process Research”


This 4th edition of the Paper Development Seminar (4PDS) will be held virtually in April 2021.


We are honoured to have the participation of the following academics (in alphabetical order).

Alistair Anderson | is a Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Lancaster University Management School. He is Invited Professor at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences · Rural Enterprise Group (Uppsala, Sweden). Prof. Anderson is the Editor in Chief of the journal Entrepreneurship & Regional Development

Robert Blackburn | is Professor at the University of Liverpool. He is appointed Chair of the sub-panel Unit of Assessment 17 (Business and Management) in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021). Prof. Blackburn is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Small Business Journal: Researching Entrepreneurship

Ulla Hytti | is Professor of Entrepreneurship at School of Economics, University of Turku (Finland). She is a President-elect of the European Council for Small Business (ECSB), and Associate Editor in the Journal of Small Business Management and Research Editor in the Entrepreneurship Education & Pedagogy (starting in January 2021.

Ute Stephan | is Professor of Entrepreneurship at the King’s Business School, King’s College London, and Honorary Professor at Aston University. She is Visiting Senior Researcher at the Department of Managerial Economics, Strategy, and Innovation (MSI), KU Leuven. She is also editor in the journal Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice

Johan Wiklund | is Chair and Al Berg Professor at the Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University, as well as second professor at Nord University, Norway and Visiting Professor at Lund University, Sweden. He is the Editor in Chief of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.


Submission instructions

The deadline for the submission of papers / proposals is January 31st, 2021. There is no specific format or template to follow. However, in the case of proposals, a minimum of 1500 words is required, including aims, theoretical framework, methodology and findings (if applicable), implications and contribution. Submissions will be made by email to entrepreneurs@us.es 


The Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS) is the main sponsor of the 4th Paper Development Seminar. The SAMS publishes the top-ranked Journal of Management Studies (JMS). More information on the aims and activities of the SAMS may be found on its web page: http://www.socadms.org.uk/

The European Council for Small Business (ECSB) supports the 4th Paper Development Seminar in Entrepreneurship Process Research as a co-branded event. The ECSB will award a free one-year membership to the presenting author of the best paper/proposal presented at the 4PDS as well as a fast track submission to the RENT2021 Conference.

The following units from the University of Seville also collaborate in organizing this seminar:

IUSEN: “Tomas de Mercado” Institute for Research in Economics and Business

PYMED Research Group (“SMEs and Economic Development”)

More information on http://www.esu-network.eu/uncategorized/4pds-2021-virtual/ or via email: entrepreneurs@us.es 



Francisco Liñán