The 2017 ACERE Conference will welcome once again an exceptional group of experts in the area of entrepreneurship research.
Professor In Entrepreneurship and Innovation at RMIT University, Melbourne
Pia Arenius is Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia and at Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland. Her current research interests include nascent entrepreneurs and opportunity processes. Her research has been published at conferences and in journals including Journal of Business Venturing, Small Business Economics, Research Policy and International Small Business Journal. She is currently a member of the editorial review board of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. Before joining RMIT, she worked at University of Turku, University of Lausanne. She holds a Doctor of Science in Technology degree from Helsinki University of Technology.
Professor of Management at Pace University, New York
Melissa Cardon is a Professor of Management at Pace University in New York. Her research focuses on career transitions within entrepreneurship including entries (motivation, passion) and exits (failure, learning, recovery, and re-entry). She is especially interested in the emotional, relational, and cognitive processes of entrepreneurs that contribute to optimizing their behavior and performance. Melissa’s work has been published in journals such as Academy of Management Review, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Management, and the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. She is a Field Editor for the Journal of Business Venturing, and on the Editorial Boards of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Management Studies and Human Resource Management Review.
Professor in Entrepreneurship and Director for the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ACE) at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia.
Professor Davidsson is a Field Editor of Journal of Business Venturing and former associate editor of Small Business Economics and Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice. Per has additional affiliations with the Jönköping International Business School, Sweden and University of Louisville. In 2011/12 he served as Chair of the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management. He has led and/or participated in multiple international-collaborative research projects addressing a broad array of entrepreneurship issues on the individual, team, organisational, regional and national levels. Professor Davidsson’s primary areas of expertise being new venture creation, small firm growth and research methods he has authored more than 100 published works on entrepreneurship topics including some of the best cited works in the leading journals in this field.
Professor Dean Shepherd, David H. Jacobs Chair in Strategic Entrepreneurship and Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, USA.
Professor Dean Shepherd received his doctorate and MBA from Bond University (Australia) and a Bachelor of Applied Science from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Dean’s research on strategic entrepreneurship includes the decision making of entrepreneurs, new venture strategy, learning from failure, and pursuit of opportunity. Focusing on these four streams, he has published, or has accepted for publication, over 120 papers primarily in the top general management journals (Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management, Management Science, Organization Science and the Strategic Management Journal), top general operations journals (European Journal of Operational Research) and the top entrepreneurship journals (Journal of Business Venturing and Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice). Professor Shepherd is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Business Venturing (the top international journal on innovation/entrepreneurship) and on the review board for numerous top management and entrepreneurship journals.
Professor Mike Wright, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Imperial College Business School.
Professor Mike Wright joined Imperial College Business School as Professor of Entrepreneurship in September 2011. He is Director of the Centre for Management Buy-out Research, the first centre to be established devoted to the study of private equity and buyouts, which was founded in March 1986 at the Nottingham University Business School.
Previously he was Professor of Financial Studies at Nottingham University Business School since 1989. He has written over 40 books and more than 300 papers in academic and professional journals on management buy-outs, venture capital, habitual entrepreneurs, academic entrepreneurs, and related topics. He served two terms as an editor of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (1994-99), was a joint editor of the Journal of Management Studies until 2009 and is editor elect of the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. He is a member of the BVCA Research Advisory Board. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Ghent and was recently ranked #1 worldwide for publications in academic entrepreneurship.