IECER 2016:

CHANGE. The NEw face of ENtrepreneurship.

The 14th edition of the Interdisciplinary European Conference on Entrepreneurship Research IECER was all about change. Change for the IECER had different meanings. Change means that entrepreneurship is fundamentally changing. We might not see it in the journals and the published papers yet, but digital technologies are transforming economies. We can see signs of change everywhere: New business models evolve that are based on other people’s resources. Entrepreneurs more and more coordinate than produce or deliver products. Change is happening how firms grow and statistics are not able to capture this fundamental change.
But there has also been change for the IECER conference as such: We worked with a strong engagement of our network and defined topics and tracks upfront with them. We focused on specific, even niche topics, and gave up the open tracks. We changed our communication channels and started a major use of social media for communication and marketing for the conference (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn), invited keynote speakers with new methods and approaches, be it from academia or practice, and discussed new methods and new ways of doing research.

Great conference, inspring guests.
See you 2017 in Siegen, Germany!

Kerstin Wagner and Frank Lasch

More photos from the IECER 2016 on Flickr


The Interdisciplinary European Conference on Entrepreneurship Research IECER is an annual international conference on entrepreneurship topics attracting scholars and delegates from academia, business and government officials from around the world. Founded in 2003 by Jürgen Schmude (University of Munich) and Michael Dowling (University of Regensburg), the mission of IECER is to advance interdisciplinary entrepreneurship research in Europe. In ten years, Michael Dowling and Jürgen Schmude have established the conference as one of the leading conferences on interdisciplinary entrepreneurship research in Europe, providing researchers from a variety of disciplines the opportunity discuss their latest research advancements. Conceived as a high quality forum of entrepreneurship debate, the conference is held every year at different locations across Europe (Amsterdam, Brescia, Chur, Montpellier, Munich, Lisbon, etc. ) in the past years. The IECER Conference features reviewed research papers with running parallel tracks of 40-50 papers each year, with an acceptance rate around 50%.

After the 10th anniversary of the IECER, the academic coordination was handed over to Frank Lasch (Montpellier Business School) and Kerstin Wagner (HTW Chur). In March 2013, IECER was coordinated the first time by the new team with the support of the local organizers from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Brescia, Italy. The IECER 2016 will take place from 7-9 September in Chur, Switzerland, a city 100 km east of Zurich. In September 2017, the 15th edition of the IECER will take place at the University of Siegen hosted by Friederike Welter, Petra Moog and Arndt Werner.

This year's program committee:
Michael Beier, HTW Chur, Switzerland
Heiko Bergmann, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Léo-Paul Dana, Montpellier Business School, France
Michael Dowling, University of Regensburg, Germany
Jutta Günther, University of Bremen, Germany
Marcel Hülsbeck, University of Witten / Herdecke, Germany
Björn Jindra, University of Bremen, Germany, and Kopenhagen Business School, Denmark
Elmar Konrad, University of Applied Sciences Mainz, Germany
Frank Lasch, Montpellier Business School, France
João Leitão, University of Beira Interior, Portugal
Oliver Mauroner, Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany
Petra Moog, University of Siegen, Germany
Nina Rosenbusch, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
Simon Parker, Ivey Business School at Western University, Canada
Mark Sanders, Utrecht University School of Economics, The Netherlands
Jürgen Schmude, University of Munich, Germany
Oliver Som, Management Center Innsbruck, Austria
Roy Thurik, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and Montpellier Business School, France
Kerstin Wagner, HTW Chur, Switzerland
Arndt Werner, University of Siegen, Germany
Hans-Dieter Zimmermann, FHS St. Gallen University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland


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