3nd - ISC conference – Volgograd

Call for papers

Entrepreneurship and innovations are the main driving force of modern economic systems development. Technological progress opens new perspectives in the sphere of development of entrepreneurial activities and increase of innovative activity of economic agents. At the same time, there is still a large gap between the levels of development of entrepreneurship in various countries – leading states are peculiar for innovations-oriented economy, while underdeveloped countries just start on the path of post-industrialization. Despite large diversity of conducted research, devoted to this topic, many issues remain unsolved. Economic systems, like live organisms, develop and adapt to new economic conditions. Thus, new problems and potential possibilities appear, timely solution of which will allow realizing the current potential in the sphere of socio-economic development.

The conference will provide a platform for researchers, policy makers and practitioners to engage in debates on entrepreneurship and innovation in Russia and Eastern European countries. We hope you will join us in this attempt to advance our understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation in Russia and Eastern European countries. Empirical and conceptual research papers, case studies or work-in-progress papers related to the following topics are welcomed , but are not limited to:

The conference's official language: English, Russian.

Track One: Theoretical and methodological aspects of innovative economies

•  Innovation ecosystem
•  Innovation and firm performance
•  entrepreneurship as a source of innovation
•  innovations-oriented business
•  commercialization of innovations
•  role of innovation in provision of a competitive and innovative economy

Track Two: New landmarks of development of entrepreneurship in the 21 st century

•  entrepreneurship
•  Women's entrepreneurship
•  Social entrepreneurship
•  Sustainable entrepreneurship
•  entrepreneurial structures
•  new types of entrepreneurial activities
•  new approaches to business
•  transformation of the sense of entrepreneurship in the 21 st century

Track Three: Entrepreneurship in Russia and countries of Eastern Europe

•  entrepreneurial environment and entrepreneurial culture of Russia
•  peculiarities of doing business in countries of Eastern Europe
•  barriers for entrepreneurial activities in Russian and countries of Eastern Europe and ways of overcoming them
•  New venture creation and high-impact startups
•  Characteristics of entrepreneurs
•  Financing entrepreneurs
•  Determinants of new venture creation
•  Determinants of new venture performance
•  Relationships between entrepreneurship and economic development
•  Venture capital and entrepreneurship
•  Sources/consequences of regional variations in entrepreneurial activity
•  Sources/consequences of industry variations in entrepreneurial activity
•  E ntrepreneurial ecosystems
•  The role of universities in entrepreneurship
•  Assessment of entrepreneurship policy: national, provincial or local

Track Four: International entrepreneurship and innovation in Russia and countries of Eastern Europe

•  Foreign direct investment (FDI) and entrepreneurship and innovation
•  International entrepreneurship
•  Global supply chain and entrepreneurship
•  Brain circulation and entrepreneurship

Track Five: Exploring entrepreneurial and innovation potential in countries with developing economy

•  sense of entrepreneurial potential
•  ways of determination of innovation potential
•  facilitating and inhibiting factors of activation of entrepreneurial and innovation potential
•  entrepreneurship and innovation policies
•  infrastructure and entrepreneurship

We will also be hosting a Paper Development Workshop (PDW) on ‘Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Russia and Eastern European Countries' for a Special Issue of Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies (JEEE). Emerald, Publisher of JEEE, will sponsor a best conference paper award. All full papers only submitted by the deadlines for the conference will be considered for t he best paper prize . Selected papers will be considered for a special issue of Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies and for participation in the PDW.

Key Dates
•  Submission of extended a bstracts (800 words) : 28 February 2017
•  Notification of conference paper acceptance: 31 March 2017
•  Submission of full conference papers: 30 April 2017
•  Opening of conference registration: 1 May 2017
•  Conference: 4-5 July 2017

Conference Chair
Dr. Elena Popkova
Doctor of economic sciences, Professor of the Chair “World economy and economic theory”
Volgograd State Technical University
Russia
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Conference Co-Chair
Dr. Jun Li
Senior Lecturer
Management Science & Entrepreneurship Group
Essex Business School, University of Essex
Elmer Approach, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1LW, UK
Tel: (44) 1702 328391

Conference Administrator and point of contact for registration queries or for technical issues encountered in the submission process:
Dr. Elena Popkova
Doctor of economic sciences, Professor of the Chair “World economy and economic theory”
Volgograd State Technical University
Russia
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Location
The conference will be held in the beautiful city of Volgograd. Volgograd, formerly Stalingrad, is a city in southwest Russia, on the western bank of the Volga River. It was the site of WWII's Battle of Stalingrad, commemorated by a huge statue, The Motherland Calls, part of the hilltop Mamayev Kurgan memorial complex. The Panorama Museum has a 360-degree painting of the battle, as well as weapons and artefacts. To the south, a large arch marks the Lenin Volga-Don Shipping Canal.

 

Call for Papers for Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies

 Entrepreneurship in Russia and Eastern European Countries:

Theory, Policy and Practice

 

Special Issue Editor:
Elena G. Popkova, Volgograd State Technical University, Russia

This special issue aims at advancing research on entrepreneurship in Russia and countries of Eastern Europe with focus on theory, policy and practice.

Entrepreneurship and innovations are the main driving force of the development of modern economic systems. Technological progress opens new perspectives in the sphere of development of entrepreneurial activities and increase of innovative activity of economic agents. At the same time, there is still a large gap between the levels of development of entrepreneurship in various countries – leading states are peculiar for innovations-oriented economy, while underdeveloped countries just start on the path of post-industrialization.

The post-financial crisis world economy is still highly fragile and low growth appears to be the new normal. The recent collapse of oil prices has compounded the problems faced by countries like Russia. Clearly, the sources of growth of the past decades are exhausted and a new source of economic growth and competitiveness has to arise. A study conducted by the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Russia (2015) has found that entrepreneurship is playing an important role in revitalizing the Russian economy. In Russia and countries of Eastern Europe, entrepreneurship ensures the establishment of competitive market economies, stimulates achievement of necessary flexibility and adaptability of economic systems, and innovates for development and increase of effectiveness .

Yet, our knowledge about entrepreneurship in Russia and Eastern European countries remains limited. The report produced by the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Russia (2015) has thus called the entrepreneurial part of Russian economy the ‘unknown Russia'. Since Russia and Eastern European countries have gone through tremendous economic transformation and have a short history of free-market capitalism , these economies have also offered a fertile ground to contextualising existing entrepreneurship theories for both developing new theory and generating new insights into policy and practice . In these countries , t here is a new generation of young people who live and breathe entrepreneurship. Also, in these countries central governments and regional authorities ideologically support the development of the private business sector. The number of measures governments used to support entrepreneurship has grown significantly. As in many other countries, where there is an environment conducive to entrepreneurship, entrepreneurs respond to it positively and new businesses thrive. Nonetheless, t hese economies are also characterized by underdeveloped formal institutions, often resulting in an unstable environment and creating a void usually filled by informal ones. Entrepreneurs in transition environments thus face more uncertainty and risk than those in more developed economies ( Puffer, McCarthy & Boisot, 2010) . In recent years, a number of studies have investigated the effect of institutions on entrepreneurship in Russia ( Aidis, Estrin & Mickiewicz, 2008; Ojala & Isomäki, 2011; Puffer, McCarthy & Boisot, 2010; Volchek, Jantunen & Saarenketo, 2013 ) and in Eastern Europe ( Krammer, 2009; Manolova, Eunni & Gyoshev, 2008 ). Overall, however, entrepreneurship in Russia and Eastern European countries remains a myth. We still have very little knowledge and understanding of entrepreneurship in these countries. For example, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitoring (GEM) Survey in Russia in 2014 found that only 4.7% of working age adults are early-stage entrepreneurs and that entrepreneurship continues to play a small role in the economy, not only in comparison with other BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) countries but also in comparison with countries of Eastern Europe ( Olga , 2014). It was also found that only 36% of entrepreneurs consider the external conditions favourable for starting up a business and that fear of failure prevents 42% of non- entrepreneurs from starting up. Nonetheless, the report of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Russia (2015) finds that Russian entrepreneurs are the driving force of a dynamic economy outside the national resource sector.

This special issue with emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovations in Russia and countries of Eastern Europe is intended to offer a platform for contextualizing entrepreneurship theories in Russia and countries of Eastern Europe, and empirical investigation into entrepreneurial behaviours, entrepreneurial process, entrepreneurial environment, and impact of entrepreneurship .

Therefore, this call welcomes all the papers that aim at either testing the relevancy of entrepreneurship theories in the context of Russia and countries of Eastern Europe or at improving our knowledge of entrepreneurship in terms of policy, practice, and impact.

We accept rigorous quantitative or qualitative work at any level of entrepreneurship studies: individual, organizational, industrial, regional, or national. Sample topics include, but not limited to:
•  New venture creation and high-impact startups
•  Characteristics of entrepreneurs
•  Financing entrepreneurs
•  Determinants of new venture creation
•  Determinants of new venture performance
•  Relationships between entrepreneurship and economic development
•  Venture capital and entrepreneurship
•  Sources/consequences of regional variations in entrepreneurial activity
•  Sources/consequences of industry variations in entrepreneurial activity
•  E ntrepreneurial ecosystems
•  The role of universities in entrepreneurship
•  Assessment of entrepreneurship policy: national, provincial or local
•  Women's entrepreneurship
•  Social entrepreneurship
•  Sustainable entrepreneurship
•  International entrepreneurship

The guest editor of this special issue plan s to hold a paper development workshop (PDW) during the International Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovations in Russia and Eastern European Countries in 4-5 July 2017 at Volgograd State Technical University, Russia . The conference is co-organised by Volgograd State Technical University and University of Essex, UK. Emerald, the publisher of Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies, will sponsor a best conference paper award. Authors are encouraged to submit their papers to the conference and at tend the conference and PDW if their papers are selected. For further information about the conference, visit: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jun_Li184

The editor intends to bring with this Special Issue a significant value to entrepreneurship re­searchers, policy-makers and entrepreneurs. For additional guidelines of submission, please see 'Instructions for Authors' from a recent issue of Journal of E ntrepreneurship in Emerging Economies or visit: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/loi/jeee . The first page of submission must contain the title, author(s) and contact information of the corresponding author. Papers suitable for publication in the Special Issue will be double-blind reviewed, following the JEEE's review process guidelines.

Timetable

The Special Issue is scheduled to be published in 2018. The following timetable/ deadline dates are given for your information:
•  Deadline of submission of full papers to JEEE: 31 July 2017
•  First feedback from reviewers: 30 November 2017
•  Deadline of submission of the revised papers: 30 April 2018
•  Expected delivery date to JEEE: 1 July 2018

Contact information
Please feel free to contact Prof. Elena G. Popkova , Volgograd State Technical University ( Этот адрес электронной почты защищён от спам-ботов. У вас должен быть включен JavaScript для просмотра.) if you have any queries about the Special Issue.

References
Aidis, R., Estrin, S., & Mickiewicz, T. (2008). Institutions and entrepreneurship development in Russia: A comparative perspective. Journal of Business Venturing , 23(6), 656-672.
Krammer, S. M. (2009). Drivers of national innovation in transition: Evidence from a panel of Eastern European countries. Research Policy , 38 (5), 845-860.
Manolova, T. S., Eunni, R. V., & Gyoshev, B. S. (2008). Institutional environments for entrepreneurship: Evidence from emerging economies in Eastern Europe. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice , 32(1), 203-218.
Ojala, A., & Isomäki, H. (2011). Entrepreneurship and small businesses in Russia: a review of empirical research. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development , 18(1), 97-119.
Olga, Verkhovskaya About 90% of the population is not only not involved in business activities, but also do not see opportunities to build businesses for themselves, retrieved from http://www.gemconsortium.org/country-profile/104
Puffer, S. M., McCarthy, D. J., & Boisot, M. (2010). Entrepreneurship in Russia and China: The impact of formal institutional voids. Entrepreneurship theory and practice , 34(3), 441-467.
Volchek, D., Jantunen, A., & Saarenketo, S. (2013). The institutional environment for international entrepreneurship in Russia: Reflections on growth decisions and performance in SMEs. Journal of International Entrepreneurship , 11(4), 320-350.

World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Russia (2015) , Unknown Russia: Powered by Entrepreneurs . World Economic Forum.