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CfP: Track „Cultural Entrepreneurship“ at IECER Conference 2017

The forthcoming 15th edition of the IECER Entrepreneurship Conference in Siegen, Germany (20-22 September 2017) will be about diversity in entrepreneurship with a special track on Cultural Entrepreneurship. The arts and cultural sector and in particular, the creative industries, are growing in Europe and in other western societies, as well as in Asia. Cultural entrepreneurship has become a topic of high interest in debates around innovation and growth in the context of the creative industries and is an emerging field in the wider entrepreneurship scholarly business agenda. At the intersections of the management of the arts and in the creative industries and through cultural entrepreneurship, numerous topics are relevant to both theory and practice. The track focuses on research and creative and innovative management practices in arts management and cultural entrepreneurship. Deadline for submission is 28 May 2017.

Entrepreneurs’ goals in creating businesses vary considerably. Individual life course and context - influencing entrepreneurship behavior and decision making processes - drive entrepreneurs in a wide variety of ways. There is no one type, no best way, and no ideal context for entrepreneurship or entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship research should fully embrace heterogeneity and differences.

Cultural entrepreneurship has examined craft entrepreneurs, aesthetics of entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship and leadership  and arts entrepreneurship. In this context, cultural and creative entrepreneurs are often seen as pioneers and champions, in particular in their reliance on (social) network-structure and cluster-structures or with respect to their use of information technology in production processes.

Studies on this issues have been undertaken from a contemporary perspective or occasionally from a historical perspective, by marketing, management and sociology scholars, as well as scholars in business but with an interest in arts and culture. In these authors’ views, cultural entrepreneurs perceive opportunities, take calculated risks to achieve them, create organizations or take them in new directions and find resources to pursue initiatives. In addition, a scientific focus on innovation management in creative arts has become necessary – e.g. human resource management in the leisure industries or governance in the arts. In these contexts, the topics of key antecedents, effects and specifics of cultural entrepreneurship need further investigation. 

Key specific topics and research questions

  • Interactions and interdependencies between culture, creativity, innovation and the economy
  • Entrepreneurship in the arts and cultural sector
  • Systematization of start-ups, new ventures, self-employment and freelancing in the creative industries
  • Networks and stakeholders who provide essential resources for entrepreneurial initiatives
  • New ways of financing arts and cultural entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial behavior effects on managing of arts and culture institutions

Encouraged are contributions that adress one or more of the listed topics, using qualitative analyses and case studies, empirical analyses (such as comparisons of sub sectors, creative industries and countries), developing theoretical frameworks in cultural entrepreneurship and creative industries and deriving Innovative methodological approaches appropriate to entrepreneurial research in management, arts organizations, sociology or governance.

Submission Guidelines

Full research paper and research-in-progress submissions are encouraged (5 pages). Research-in-progress are papers developed from promising but incomplete research projects that will benefit from the feedback of other IECER participants. Accepted research-in-progress papers can also be presented in the submitted track, but will be given shorter presentation time.

Full Research Papers

Full research papers should have completed analyses and discussion of results. Full papers should be similar to journal submissions, but shorter as they should not exceed 14 pages and must conform our IECER 2017 submission template. All text, figures, tables, and appendices must be included within the page limit. The cover page, abstract, keywords, and references are excluded from this page count.

Review criteria for full research papers:

  • Topic is relevant to the selected track theme.
  • Objectives / research questions are clear and well-described.
  • Paper is written clearly.
  • Paper is well organized and flows logically.
  • Literature review is appropriate.
  • Methodology is appropriate (if relevant).
  • Analyses are appropriate (if relevant).
  • Paper makes a useful contribution.

Research-in-Progress Papers

Research-in-progress papers typically describe work that is as yet incomplete, but promising. Research-in-progress papers must not exceed 5 pages and must conform our IECER 2017 submission template. All text, figures, tables, and appendices must be included within the page limit. The cover page, abstract, keywords, and references are excluded from this page count.

Review criteria for research-in-progress papers:

  • Topic is relevant to the selected track theme.
  • Objectives / research questions are clear and well-described.
  • Paper is written clearly.
  • Paper is well organized and flows logically.
  • Literature review is appropriate.
  • Methodology is appropriate (only if relevant).
  • Analyses are appropriate (only if relevant - research-in-progress papers may not yet have data to analyze).
  • Paper has the potential to make a contribution.

A selection of papers are planned to be published in a special issue granted by the International Journal of Entrepreneurship & Small Business (IJESB).

Submission Deadline of Full Paper and Research-in-Progress Paper:  28 May 2017
Notification of authors:  3 July 2017
End Early-Bird Registration:  15 July 2017
IECER Conference: 20-22 September 2017

The paper can be submitted to submission@iecer-conference.org. More information are available here.

Management Topic: Policy & Research
Cultural Area: Creative Industries
Submitted by editor-in-chief on May 03, 2017