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Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and the Diffusion of Start-ups

23 maggio 2013 - 25 maggio 2013

The First International Entrepreneurship Research Exemplar Conference will be held in Catania, Italy, on May 23-25, 2013, and will be co-sponsored by the Department of Economics and Business of the University of Catania, and the Academy of Management’s (AoM) Entrepreneurship Division, as part of the Entrepreneurship Research Exemplars Conference Series. In the spirit of the Division’ s Research Excellence Initiative, the goal of this conference is to stimulate and acknowledge research excellence in entrepreneurship generally, and for this year in entrepreneurial ecosystems and start up specifically. The event intends to gather leading scholars in the field of entrepreneurship and strategy, with specific interest in “Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and the Diffusion of Start-ups”, featuring the best efforts made in serious research that advances significantly the evolution in the relevant knowledge domain. The conference will seek to explore ideas, provoke debate, and deliver high level forward-looking investigation in areas related to entrepreneurial ecosystems and start ups, as well as to shed light on these emerging phenomena. In a broad sense, an entrepreneurial eco system regards the actors and the environment affecting the rise and diffusion of entrepreneurship at the ‘glocal’ level. It encompasses a group of firms, including start-ups, and one or more coordinating entities, such as firm incubators or accelerators and local policy agencies, which share similar goals and decide to form a network to leverage scale economies, as well as entrepreneurial flexibility and robust drive. Simultaneous with the recent outburst of entrepreneurship at the glocal level, the rise of new start ups and start up ecosystems around the world, as well as a new found development in existing ones has peaked up. For instance, the Startup Ecosystem Report 2012 argues that countries and cities are shifting from service-based economies to become increasingly driven by a new generation of fast-moving software and technology-rooted business organizations. To be sure, with entrepreneurial ecosystems we wish not to limit the enquiry to spatially bounded intra-industry or inter-industry contexts, but extend our reach to virtual entrepreneurial ecosystems that are global in nature. In addition, we acknowledge that today is widely recognized that entrepreneurial eco systems are inherent drivers of innovation and new business energy and power. Successfully start up ecosystems usually foster the long-term view, process-structure recombination across boundaries, and entrepreneurial dynamics to shore up communities of entrepreneurs and investors who share the aspiration to cultivate each other’ s talent, creativity, and network support. The Catania conference calls for relevant conceptual and empirical contributions from various parts of the world that can facilitate conversation and scholarly debate, so as to inform academic thinking and offer implications for a range of practitioners such as entrepreneurs, executives, consultants and policy makers.


23 maggio 2013
25 maggio 2013


University of Catania
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Department of Economics and Business of the University of Catania
Corso Italia 55
Catania, 95129 Italia
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