Conference Aston
Aston Business School
Aston University
Aston Cross
B4 7ET


The Conference is an opportunity to hear about the latest small business research from the Enterprise Research Centre alongside its international partners and will be of interest to analysts working in small business policy and support organisations and academics with an interest in small business. ERC speakers will include Mark Hart, Mike Wright, Andy Lockett, Jim Love, Monder Ram, Stephen Roper and Sara Carter.

We are delighted that the keynote will be delivered by Professor Per Davidsson,Director, Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research, QUT Business School. With International Guest speakers including: Professor Marius Meeus, Professor Friederike Welter, Professor Erik Stam, Professor Dimo Dimov, Professor Massimo Colombo; Professor Paul Reynolds, and Carlo Menon.

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Professor Per Davidsson . Keynote Speaker

Director, Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research, QUT Business School.

Per has designed and/or led several major research programs, and is especially known for his extensive research on start-up and growth of small firms as well as societal well-being and job creation effects of those activities. Apart from many books, book chapters and research reports he has published over 50 peer reviewed articles in, e.g., Strategic Management Journal, Regional Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, and Journal of Business Venturing, including the most cited articles ever published in the latter two journals. He has also consulted for companies and international organizations. Per was an elected Officer of the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management for the 2007-12 period and served as its Chair in 2010/11. He is Field Editor of Journal of Business Venturing and serves on the editorial boards for several other journals.


Professor Marius Meeus

Professor & Head of Department - Organisational studies ,Tilburg University.

Marius T.H. Meeus is Professor of Learning and Innovation at Tilburg University, The Netherlands, since 2007.
From 2001 until 2007 he had a full professorship at Utrecht University on Innovation Management.
1989 until 2001 he was associate professor at Eindhoven University of Technology.
At present he is Head of the Department of Organization Studies, and Director of the Center for Innovation Research (CIR).
Together with Prof. Jerald Hage he has edited Innovation, Science, and Institutional Change (Oxford University Press 2006/9) and has published extensively on issues of R&D management, Innovation, Innovation Networks, Organizational change and Learning.

Professor Friederike Welter,

Professor for SME management and entrepreneurship at University of Siegen, Germany ,President of the IfM Bonn (Institut für Mittelstandsforschung)

Friederike Welter is President of the IfM Bonn (Institut für Mittelstandsforschung), professor for SME management and entrepreneurship at University of Siegen, Germany and visiting professor at Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University in Sweden. Her research interests are entrepreneurial behaviour, entrepreneurship and SME policies in different contexts. Prof. Welter has broad experiences in applied and policy-related research on entrepreneurship and small business, much of it in an international context. Friederike has published widely, both nationally and internationally and is on the review board of several leading entrepreneurship journals as well as Senior Editor of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice. She is a Fellow of the European Council of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ECSB) and Wilford L. White Fellow of the International Council of Small Business (ICSB).

Professor Massimo Colombo

Professor of Innovation Economics, Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Finance ,School of Management and Deputy Director for Research, Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy.

Prof. Colombo’s main research interests are in the organization, financing and growth of high-tech entrepreneurial ventures, the economics of organizational design, strategic alliances, acquisitions and open innovation, and the diffusion and performance impact of advanced technologies.

Prof. Colombo has been the scientific coordinator of the FP6 PICO research project on academic start-ups in Europe and the FP7 VICO research project on the real effect of venture capital, promoted by the EC. He has also conducted consultancy work for governmental departments and international institutions. He is the Associate Editor for Technology Strategy of the Journal of Small Business Management and author ( co-author ) of numerous books and articles.

Professor Erik Stam

Chair, Strategy, Organisation & Entrepreneurship, School of Economics, Utrecht University’

Dr Erik Stam is Full Professor at the Utrecht University School of Economics, where he holds the chair of Strategy, Organization and Entrepreneurship. Next to this he has been co-founder and Academic Director of the Utrecht Center for Entrepreneurship and leader of the research area Innovation and Welfare in the Utrecht University Strategic Research Theme Institutions.

He held positions at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the University of Cambridge, the Max Planck Institute of Economics (Jena, Germany), and the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR). At the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy he was involved in projects on the future of innovation policy and on public interests in the market society. He is associate editor of Small Business Economics.

His research focuses on institutions, entrepreneurship, innovation and the relationships with economic development at the micro and macro levels. He has (co-)authored seven books (including Micro-Foundations for Innovation Policy and Ambitious Entrepreneurship) and over eighty book chapters and articles in journals like Economic Geography, Industrial and Corporate Change, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Regional Studies, and Small Business Economics. He has been principal investigator on 21 scientific research projects on innovation, entrepreneurship, economic organization and economic development, up to a size of €1.25 million. Next to his scientific work he is often consulted by local, regional, national (Netherlands, Belgium, UK, US) and supra-national (World Bank, OECD, EU) policy makers and private sector organizations on innovation and entrepreneurship.

Carlo Menon

Structural Policy Division Science, Technology and Industry Directorate, OECD

Carlo Menon is an Economist within the Structural Policy Division of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation at the OECD since September 2011. In this capacity, Carlo contributes to evidence-based policy analysis on enterprise dynamics, allocative efficiency, and innovation. Previously he had been working for almost two years as a Research Economist at the Bank of Italy, where he authored a number of reports and research papers in the fields of policy evaluation, urban and regional economics, and industrial policy. Carlo is also an affiliate with the Spatial Economic Research Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK). His research is being published in recognized academic journals, including the Journal of Economic Geography, the World Bank Economic Review and the Journal of Banking & Finance, and the findings from his work had often captured the attention of leading Italian and international media. Carlo holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK (2009), and a M.Res. (2005) and a B.Sc. (2003) in Economics from the University of Venice, Italy.

Professor Dimo Dimov

Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Associate Dean, Finance & Planning, University of Bath School of Management.

Dimo’s work focuses on understanding the entrepreneurial process, from initial idea to viable venture or well intentioned abandonment. An evolving entrepreneurial opportunity is central in this process: obvious in retrospect, but uncertain, nebulous, and ambiguous in prospect. He is interested in how potential entrepreneurs and investors think, act, and interact in the face of such uncertainty and how these interactions give rise to exciting new phenomena.

Professor Paul Reynolds

Marie Curie Professional Research Fellow ,Economics and Strategy Group, Aston University

After twenty years as a sociology faculty member in three universities, I chose to focus on business creation and over the past 23 years have been affiliated with five business schools. During that period I have served as the coordinating principal investigator of two longitudinal studies of US business creation (Panel Studies of Entrepreneurial Dynamics, I and II) and as the founding principal investigator of a multi-nation comparison of entrepreneurial activity (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor).

Over the past four decades I have been the author or co-author of five books; seven edited collections; 42 research reports and monographs; 85 peer review journal articles and book chapters; eight data sets placed in public archives; and over two hundred presentations to professional and policy audiences. I served as the director of the Babson Research Conference from 1996 to 2000 and as co-director of the George Washington University-ICSB research conference from 2010 to 2012.

In 2004 I received the annual Swedish International Award for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research and in 2012 the Dedication to Entrepreneurship (Research) Award from the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division.

I am currently working on analysis of the consolidated GEM data set to explore business creation by the bottom billions and expanding the PSED research protocol to the UK and other GEM countries.

James Phipps

Senior Economist, Head of Policy Development and Evaluation, Enterprise Directorate, Department for Business Innovation and Skills

James Phipps is an economist within the Enterprise Analysis team in BIS, where he leads the team responsible for research on small and medium-sized businesses and the evaluation of enterprise interventions. The Enterprise Directorate acts as the voice of small business across government, listening to and understanding the needs of small businesses and ensuring these are reflected in how government develops policy. James joined Enterprise Analysis team in 2008, having previously worked as an economist in education, skills, pensions and labour markets.