As some of the testimonials on this page highlight, as organisers of ACERE we strongly emphasise the developmental nature of the conference. We try to make sure that all participants get a chance to meet and discuss with colleagues with similar interests as well as interacting with leaders in the field; that presenters get high quality, comprehensive and varied feedback on their papers, and that new entrants to the field get a good introduction to the entrepreneurship research community.
This developmental focus penetrate all aspects of the conference, such as the calibre of keynote speakers; the reviewing process; the scheduling into thematically focused session; the inclusion of a Doctoral Consortium (DC) and of special events that cater to a variety of interests; the social activities and allowing for spontaneous networking by not over packing the program.
For the 2014 ACERE we plan to interactivity of sessions and significantly increase the number of papers assigned to intense “paper development sessions” (PDS) chaired by internationally leading names in entrepreneurship research. These sessions, which build on positive experiences from ACE’s annual “Paper Development Bootcamp”, devote 40 minutes face-to-face time in discussion format plus written reviews by peers as well as by the international expert session chair.
To get an idea of the calibre of people who lead keynote and paper development sessions at ACERE, consider this list of prior examples from ACERE (and its predecessor) and the ACE bootcamp: David Audretsch, Zoltan Acs, Ted Baker, Candy Brush, Sara Carter, Michael Frese, Patti Greene, Gerard George, Benson Honig, Dev Jennings, Jen Jennings, Tom Lumpkin, Patricia McDougall, Mike Peng, Harry Sapienza, Saras Sarasvathy, Dean Shepherd, Justin Tan and Johan Wiklund. Some of these and a few others of the same calibre will be prepared to give you developmental advice at ACERE 2014, whether you are a novice or an experienced scholar yourself.
So, give yourself a treat and start planning for ACERE 2014 today!
Per Davidsson – Director of ACE & Academic Chair of ACERE