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The International Entrepreneurship Forum conference aims to explore Entrepreneurship and to engage scholars and students interested in generating ideas and debates on how entrepreneurship might play a greater role in global business and economic development.

2018 Conference

The 2018 IEF Conference will take place on 12 to 14 December 2018  at ICN Business School, Nancy, France and will explore The North-South dialectic of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Details of conference themes, calls for papers and how to book can be found on the event page.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS NOW 31 AUGUST 2018. SEE CONFERENCE NOTICE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

The International Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF)

Founded in 2000, the International Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF) is part of the Venture Academy, Essex Business School, at the University of Essex.

The IEF is an informal network of academics, policy makers and practitioners, who are brought together to discuss and interact with each other on issues related to entrepreneurship research, education and training.

During the past 17 years IEF has organised highly successful, refereed international conferences in different countries of Europe, Asia and the Middle East covering various aspects of entrepreneurship, innovation and economic development. One of the most satisfying outcomes of all the events has been the identification of new interest, scholarship and insight into entrepreneurial activity, across different countries, demonstrating the value of learning in an international arena of thought and practice. This outcome informs the themes and topics chosen for each conference.

The IEF continues to work closely with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and its Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED) Programme.

Past conferences

16th Conference - Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

Promoting sustainable businesses and entrepreneurship can be an important strategy for addressing the economic development and growth problems of a country. The relationship between sustainability and entrepreneurship can be difficult to define as one seems to constrain the other. The objectives of the 16th IEF conference was to question assumed agendas, and received wisdom on the subject of entrepreneurship, sustainability and economic development.

15th Conference - The Globalisation and Internationalisation of SMEs and New Ventures 

This year's IEF Conference set a challenge to all researchers, policy makers and practitioners to ask critical questions and seek a range of answers about the uneven global landscape of SME internationalisation and how entrepreneurship and innovation connects the local with the global; the evolving international markets with social sustainability agendas; and acceptance of diversity with the rejection of reductionist exclusivity.

The conference provided a platform for the generation of new ideas, insights and practices related to the idea of an agenda for inclusive opportunity creation in our fragmented global environment.

14th Conference - Entrepreneurial Institutions and the Entrepreneurial Society: Creating an Inclusive Agenda for Opportunity Creation

This year's IEF Conference set a challenge to all researchers, policymakers and practitioners, to reshape the agenda of entrepreneurship for human, social, cultural and economic development. It provided a platform for the generation of new ideas, insights and practices related to the idea of an agenda for inclusive opportunity creation.

13th Conference - Entrepreneurship and Development: The Idea of Inclusive Opportunity Creation 

The 13th IEF conference on the theme of Entrepreneurship and Development: The Idea of Inclusive Opportunity Creation’ set a challenge to all researchers, policymakers and practitioners, to reshape the agenda of entrepreneurship for human, social, cultural and economic development.

12th Conference - Social Sustainability and Economic Security: The Agenda for Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century

The 12th IEF conference on the theme of 'Social Sustainability and Economic Security: The Agenda for Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century' was held in Vilnius, Lithuania on 4-6 September 2013. This conference was organised by the International Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ICER), Essex Business School, University of Essex in partnership with The General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania, and with the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship and the Local Employment and Economic Development at Paris, France.

11th Conference - Entrepreneurship and Sustainability: From Lifestyles to Innovative Enterprises in Creative and Sustainable Environments  

The 11th IEF conference on the theme of Entrepreneurship and Sustainability: From Lifestyles to Innovative Enterprises in Creative and Sustainable Environments was held in Kuala Lumpur (KL) Malaysia on 3 - 6 September 2012. The conference was organised by the International Centre for Entrepreneurship Research(CER), Essex Business School, University of Essex in partnership with Universiti Kuala Lumpur - International School of Entrepreneurship, Malaysia, and with the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship and the Local Employment and Economic Development at Paris, France.

10th Conference - Creating Social, Economic, Cultural and Personal Value 

The 10th conference on the theme of Entrepreneurship and Society: "Creating Social, Economic, Cultural and Personal Value" was held in Bahrain on 9-11 January 2011. This conference was organised by the International Centre for Entrepreneurship Research(CER), Essex Business School, University of Essex in partnership with Tamkeen, Bahrain, and with the OECD LEED Programme at Paris, France.

The 10th IEF conference was supported by prominent academic figures including Prof Zoltan Acs from School of Public Policy at George Mason University, USA, and Prof David Storey from University of Sussex, UK.

The 10th IEF conference was attended by approximate 800 delegates from 25 countries.

9th Conference - Technology and Entrepreneurship: New Ventures and the Creative Use of Technologies

The 9th IEF conference was organised by the Faculty of Management, Sabanci University, the National Innovation Initiative, Istanbul, Turkey, and the International Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (CER), Essex Business School (EBS), University of Essex, UK, in collaboration with the OECD and its LEED Programme at Paris, France.

The conference aimed to provide a platform for researchers, policy makers and practitioners in recognition of the increasing flow of ideas, resources and knowledge between businesses, institutions and governmental bodies. The particular role of technology in the generation of entrepreneurial opportunities for new venture creation, growth based on collaboration, networking and alliances, and possibilities of new organisational forms emerging from cross-border linkages, is the central theme of the deliberations that are expected to be held at this major conference. The conference covered nine major sub-themes but welcomes papers in other related areas.

8th Conference - Creativity and Entrepreneurship: Imperatives for sustainable Global based Knowledge Economy 

The 8th IEF conference was organised by the Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad, India, and the School of Entrepreneurship and Business (now part of Essex Business School), University of Essex, UK, in collaboration with the OECD, LEED Programme at Paris, France.

The conference theme covers a myriad of issues that are preoccupying the minds of entrepreneurs, policy makers, and researchers for sometime, all round the world. The multiple manifestations of creativity in the development of new products, the generation of new services, better forms of communication, the development of networks, and the innovative use of technologies, allow for the unexpected confluence of ideas, resources, and different types of business activities.

The conference was held on 17 - 19 December 2008 (Mudra Institute of Communications Ahmedabad (MICA), Ahmedabad, India).

7th Conference - Asian Entrepreneurship: New Asian Ventures in the Global Community of Enterprise and Innovation

The 7th conference of the International Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF) was jointly organised by the School of Management, Fudan University (SMFU), China and the School of Entrepreneurship and Business (SEB), University of Essex, United Kingdom, with the Centre for Entrepreneurship and the Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED) Programme of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris, France. The conference was held 30 - 31 August 2007 (Shanghai Fudan University, China).

6th Conference - New Venture Creation and the Creative Trajectory: Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity in Business

This refereed conference will be a collaborative venture between the Riga International School for Economics and Business Administration, in Latvia, the University of Essex Southend, and the OECD, LEED Programme. As the theme suggests, the conference will focus on key issues concerning entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity in business, with a particular (but not exclusive) emphasis on the growing small and medium sized firm. Loose assumptions about the relationship and connections between entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity, are made in various quarters often at the expense of our better understanding of the changing dynamics of industry, economic regeneration and business growth. The much vaunted growth of the creative industries and of the assumed need for greater creativity in business and economic activity to enable competitive differentiation between new and old economies, calls for a coherent approach to the study of creativity in a variety of industry scenarios.

The conference was held between 31 August to 2 September 2006 (Riga, Latvia).

5th Conference - New venture creation and entrepreneurial growth across borders: Integrating diversity of ideas, people and institutions 

The 5th International Entrepreneurship Forum Conference was jointly organised by the OECD LEED Programme and the University of Essex, represented by the School of Entrepreneurship and Business, in association with the Entrepreneurship Development Unit, University of the Western Cape, Bellville, South Africa and the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, South Africa. The University of Essex is now a full member of LEED Partners Club. Representatives from academic institutions, policy makers and practitioners around the world are invited to attend and present a paper.

The conference was held 7 - 9 September 2005 (Cape Town, South Africa).

4th Conference

The 4th conference of the International Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF) was jointly organised by the OECD LEED Programme, University of Essex and the University of Paris Dauphine, Paris France.

The conference was held during 22 to 24 September 2004 at University of Paris, Dauphine.

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