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European Entrepreneurship Summer School 2016

Theme: International Perspectives on Entrepreneurship Research

20 - 27 August 2016, Thessaloniki, Greece
University of Sheffield, UK
University of Twente, NL
National Research University - Higher School of Economics, RU
BSc, MSc, PhD

This intensive 8-day summer school will bring together students from several countries and cultural backgrounds, educational levels (BSc, Msc, PhD) and study programmes to work in interdisciplinary multilevel groups to explore the core themes of the European Entrepreneurship Summer School.

This summer school is research oriented. This means you will study contemporary entrepreneurship research, theories, methods and results of research. Among the central questions we focus on:

  • What is the role of individual characteristics?
  • Can entrepreneurship be learned?
  • To what extent are different forms like high tech, international, social, or corporate entrepreneurship comparable?
  • How is entrepreneurship different in several fields such as energy, health, water, manufacturing industry, information technology, psychology, languages?
  • How to organize entrepreneurship in start-ups, SME’s and larger corporate entrepreneurial companies?
  • How does entrepreneurship differ on national levels?
  • What is the role of informal (grey) forms of entrepreneurship? Role of institutions?
  • Which methods of research are used in entrepreneurship research?
  • How to do process research of entrepreneurship?
  • How to do (policy) evaluation research in this field?

These and other questions will be tackled during the week. The focus is different each year, based on input of lecturers, students and special topics that are relevant in the host universities region.

The 2016 edition of the summer school is hosted by the University of Sheffield and takes place in Thessaloniki, Greece. It will focus on the international perspectives towards entrepreneurship. One aspect we will tackle is migrant entrepreneurship. To prepare for the summer school, students will be asked to consider the following key issues:

  • Which factors may enable or constrain migrants engaging in entrepreneurial practices in their new host countries? Such factors may range from the role of public policy vis-à-vis migrants to the role of the family.
  • Is the entrepreneurial activity of migrants opportunity or necessity driven or a mixture of both?
  • What are the impacts of migrant entrepreneurship? Are these systemic or local in nature?

These questions will result in a poster presentation on the first day of the school and will provide a valuable input for further discussions.

During the rest of the week, you will engage in highly interactive sessions exploring entrepreneurship research and applying them to practical cases and your own group project, which is aimed at doing research to develop an entrepreneurial solution to a practical problem, using a theoretically and methodologically solid approach. In addition to the lectures and project, you will have ample opportunity to share and draw on each other’s culturally specific experience and knowledge. The programme will culminate in a final presentation by each group.

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