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Workshop Experiments in Entrepreneurship

Conducting Experiments in Entrepreneurship Research: A Paper Development Workshop for Early-Career Scholars

8 and 9 of October 2019, Groningen, The Netherlands

Workshop Experiments in Entrepreneurship
Workshop Experiments in Entrepreneurship

About the workshop
For whom
Preliminary program and speakers
Submission guidelines and registrations
Venue and accommodation
Organizing committee

Experimental designs provide a powerful lens to determine causality and have been labeled “the most rigorous of all research designs” (Trochim, 2001: 191). However, relatively few entrepreneurship studies use an experimental design. Recently, several calls have been made for more experimental studies in entrepreneurship research (Acs, Audretsch, Desai, & Welpe, 2010; Aguinis & Lawal, 2012; Hsu, Simmons, & Wieland, 2017) , and leading journals in the field as the Journal of Business Venturing have developed special issues on using experimental methodologies (e.g., Williams, Wood, Mitchell, & Urbig, 2019) .

Although studies using experimental designs are a great way to establish causal relations, designing, conducting, and analyzing experiments is not an easy undertaking. To support early career scholars in this endeavor, the University of Groningen Centre of Entrepreneurship (UGCE) organizes a paper development workshop in partnership with the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ECSB) and the SOM Research Institute of the University of Groningen's Faculty of Economics and Business. In this workshop, we aim to support and bring together early career scholars who are working with experimental methodologies in entrepreneurship research.

The workshop consists of two main activities: 1) paper presentations and discussion with peers and experts; and 2) plenary keynote sessions, where experts will address challenges in designing and conducting research using experimental methods, with a special focus on ensuring causality by design.

With this workshop you will:

1.     Receive individualized feedback from peers and experts on your working paper;
2.     Increase your knowledge of conducting experiments, focusing on best practices and mistakes to avoid;
3.     Develop your network with other scholars conducting research using similar methodological approaches as yourself.

The workshop counts with several experts in the field of entrepreneurship who will closely work with participants on their working papers. Please refer to the website for an updated list of names.

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For whom?
The workshop is targeted at PhD candidates, Post-Docs, and early-stage Assistant Professors working on studies in entrepreneurship research using experimental methodologies. The paper could be co-authored (with senior scholars), but the leading author and potential participant of the workshop should be an early-career researcher. Working papers will be selected based on both the theoretical contribution to the field and the rigor of the implementation of experimental methods.

Participation will be limited to max. 20 participants. With this small group setting, all participants will have the opportunity to present their work and receive both peer and expert feedback on their working papers.

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Tuesday (8/10)

Wednesday (9/10)


Plenary Session/Workshop



Parallel Sessions


12.00 – 13-30

Welcome Lunch

11.30 – 12.30

Plenary Session/Workshop

13.30 – 14.30

Plenary Session/Workshop

12.30 – 13.30

Goodbye Lunch



Optional: City Center tour

14.45 -15.45

Parallel Sessions


16.00 – 17.00

Parallel Sessions


17.15 – 18-15

Plenary Session/Workshop



Speakers and Sessions Chairs


Dr. Basil G. Englis is the Richard Edgerton Professor of Marketing and Chair of the Management, Marketing and Creative Technologies Department in the Campbell School of Business at Berry College. He is also a Research Fellow at the University of Groningen Centre of Entrepreneurship and NIKOS at the University of Twente, The Netherlands. Dr. Englis holds a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology with minors in Social Psychology and Statistics from Dartmouth College. His research and scholarly work have appeared in more than 85 publications. Dr. Englis is also Managing Partner of Mind/Share, Inc., and in that capacity, he has consulted with numerous organizations including American Airlines, Black & Decker, Caterpillar,, E.I. DuPont de Nemours, eBay, Hasbro, Herman Miller, Proctor & Gamble, Under Armour, and VISA.


Dr. Diemo Urbig is an associate professor at the department of Management and Organization at the Vrije Universiteit’s School of Business and Economics in Amsterdam and assistant professor at the University of Wuppertal. Using experiments, surveys, and simulations and with a strong methods-related curiosity, he studies cognition, learning, and decision making in organizational and entrepreneurial contexts. Diemo has published in leading journals such as Journal of Management, Journal of Business Venturing, and Entrepreneurship, Theory & Practice. He is a member of various editorial boards and serves as editor for the Small Business Economics Journal and as guest editor for the Journal of Business Venturing.


Dr. Paula Danskin Englis is Professor of Management at the Campbell School of Business at Berry College and is Research Fellow the University of Twente and at the University of Groningen Centre for Entrepreneurship. Dr. Englis' research focuses on entrepreneurship and knowledge management with an international emphasis including application in born global firms and family businesses. She has published more that 55 articles, book chapters and case studies in a number of leading outlets. Dr. Englis leads the Entrepreneurship Program at Berry College .


Dr. Antje Schmitt is an Assistant Professor and Rosalind Franklin Fellow in Organizational Psychology at the University of Groningen. Her research focuses on self-regulation and occupational well-being in employees and entrepreneurs, proactive and adaptive work behavior, and daily energy regulation. Her empirical work covers field studies such as (daily and weekly) diary studies, longitudinal studies, as well as experimental research designs.
Her work has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, among others.


Dr. Dominika Wach is researcher and lecturer in the department of Work and Organizational Psychology at Technische Universität Dresden, Germany. Her specialties are entrepreneurship and occupational health. Amongst others, she published her research in Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Small Business Management, and International Small Business Journal. Dr. Wach was a head of a Polish partner institution and research team in research projects on success factors of SMEs in Germany, Czech Republic, and Poland funded by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and she has published on the topic of entrepreneurial performance and well-being. Dominika Wach is a member of Academy of Management (AOM), European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ECSB), and German Research Foundation (DFG).

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To apply for participation in the workshop, please submit your extended abstracts until July 5th, 2019. We welcome two types of submissions:

A.   Full working paper: studies that have been fully carried out and the paper is at the writing stage.
If you have conducted an experiment and would like to receive guidance on how to, for instance report your study and improve its story line, argumentation, address the suitability of the analyses or reporting of the results, we welcome your submission as a working paper. Please follow these submission guidelines for your extended abstract submission:

·         Max. six-page abstract (excl. title page, reference list, figures and tables), Times New Roman font, size 12, 1.5 line spacing;

·         On the title page, please indicate clearly the title of the working paper, authors' names and affiliation, and “Full Working Paper”;

·         In the extended abstract, please indicate clearly the goals of the study, the theoretical contribution, methodology, (preliminary) results and brief discussion including the contribution of the paper;

·         Please end the extended abstract with one separate paragraph referring to two key issues you are facing with this paper and on which you would like to receive feedback during the workshop.

Please note, that if your paper is selected as a working paper, you are expected to submit a full working paper on September 1, 2019.

B.   Design stage papers: studies at the methodological design phase.
If you are currently designing a study where you will use experimental methods and you are seeking guidance on, for instance making sure the design is sound and robust, we welcome your submission as a design state paper. Please note that you must have a research idea, research question, theoretical contribution, and basic study design for your submission to be considered. To submit your extended abstract, please follow these guidelines:

·         Max. three-page abstract (excl. title page and reference list), Times New Roman font, size 12, 1.5 line spacing;

·         On the title page, please indicate clearly the title of the research design proposal, authors' names and affiliation, and “Design Stage Paper”;

·         In the extended abstract, please indicate clearly the goals of the study, the theoretical contribution, and describe the design and methods you are currently considering, in terms of procedures, manipulation (if present) and measures;

·         Please end the extended abstract with one paragraph referring to two key issues you are facing regarding the proposed study, on which you would like to receive feedback during the workshop.

All submissions should be sent to Deadline for submission is July 5th, 2019, 23.59h CEST. In the e-mail subject, please specify “Experiments workshop Groningen 2019”.

After acceptance, registration to the event is required. Registration fees:
-ECSB members: € 200
-PhD students who are not an ECSB member yet: € 235 (registration includes a one-year ECSB PhD student membership)
-Academic participants who are not an ECSB member: € 285 (registration includes a one-year ECSB academic membership)
-Academic participants who are not an ECSB member and qualify to a developing country ECSB membership: € 260 (registration includes a one-year ECSB academic membership; please check the list of countries on the ECSB website, below).

Please register here for the workshop.

Please check all the ECSB membership benefits here.

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The workshop will run through two half days, 8 (afternoon) and 9 (morning) of October, in the vibrant city of Groningen, in The Netherlands! Groningen is a city with a rich history, a ring of attractive canals and some exceptional architecture. We will organize an optional city center tour on Wednesday after the workshop for interested participants.

The workshop sessions will take place at the UGCE facilities on the Zernike Campus of the University of Groningen (Startup City Building, Kadijk 4, 9747AT, Groningen). The workshop dinner will take place in the city center.

For accommodation, we recommend any hotel in the city center, as there are frequent connections by bus to the Zernike Campus. Bus 15 leaves every 5 minutes from the central station to Zernikeplein.

Please note that participants are required to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses.

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Organizing committee:

Dr Silvia Costa

Dr. Silvia Costa
Dr. Arjan Frederiks
Prof. Dr. Aard Groen

Advisors to the organizing committee:
Dr. Susana C. Santos, Rowan University

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