Research workshop: A Multidisciplinary Perspective into Entrepreneurship: Research in or at the Cross Borders of Finance, Psychology and Entrepreneurship

The Centre for Entrepreneurship Research in collaboration with the Consortium for Business Model Innovation and All Inclusive Growth at Ghent University is pleased to announce its research workshop on 7/8 May 2018 @ STAM Ghent Belgium

Workshop Format

This workshop aims at bringing together junior and senior researchers in Entrepreneurship to present and discuss current research in a cordial environment. We welcome submissions that significantly advance the theoretical and empirical understanding of entrepreneurship and related fields.

In order to facilitate networking and fruitful information exchange, the workshop will be limited to approximately 50 participants. The workshop will be organized in 2 parallel sessions, and will have space for 30 papers. Each paper will get a discussant assigned, and each session will be moderated by a senior researcher in the particular theme. Paper submitters should be willing to act as a discussant for other participants’ papers.


In particular, we are looking for contributions in the following 4 themes, or at the cross borders of these themes:

  • Technology transfer and academic entrepreneurship
    Academic entrepreneurship has changed dramatically in recent years. Particularly, new technology transfer activities have emerged, new modes of facilitating academic entrepreneurship were developed and a broader range of stakeholders is currently involved. Relevant research endeavors may, amongst others, be oriented towards understanding the role, contribution and boundary conditions of technology transfer initiatives such as accelerator programs and entrepreneurship garages. Further, the importance and implications of the university ecosystem and the interplay between its different actors, just as the economic and societal impact of academic entrepreneurship are relevant research areas.
  • Psychological and cognitive foundations of entrepreneurship
    Within the entrepreneurship research field, cognitive and psychological perspectives have increasingly been applied to explore entrepreneurial intentions and behaviors at different stages of the entrepreneurial process. Emotion, cognition and motivation have proven to be key in understanding entrepreneurial actions and outcomes. The entrepreneurship field may however still significantly benefit from work at the cross borders of psychology and entrepreneurship, which may contribute to a deeper understanding of core entrepreneurship phenomena, such as opportunity recognition and development, business founding, development, failure and re-entry.
  • Entrepreneurial finance
    Fast-evolving financial markets offer a plethora of new financing sources that help young and innovative entrepreneurial firms to bridge the financing gap and grow. Yet, the evidence on how these new sources interact with the traditional ones, what are the concomitant (dis)advantages, and the subsequent firm performance implications are lacking. This highlights a need to better understand financial decision-making by entrepreneurial firms from a more comprehensive view that takes the complexity of the entrepreneurial finance ecosystem and firm dynamics into account.
  • Social entrepreneurship
    Social entrepreneurship has gained increasing attention within the entrepreneurship research field. Social enterprises engage in commercial activities to solve social or ecological problems. As such, they face the challenge of pursuing financial sustainability and social goal achievement. There is a growing interest in how social enterprises deal with their hybrid nature. Future research may address what makes newly created as well as established social enterprises successful in fulfilling their financial and social goals and how they deal with the challenges they are confronted with.


Program 7-8 May 2018

Download detailed programme here.

Monday, May 7

10:15                  Registration and welcome coffee

10:45                 Conference Introduction

11:00                  Keynote Speaker: Mike Wright (Imperial College London) 'Getting published in Entrepreneurship'

12:00                 Lunch

13:30 - 14:05    Paper presentation tracks - parallel sessions

14:05 - 14:40    Paper presentation tracks - parallel sessions

14:40 - 15:15      Paper presentation tracks - parallel sessions

15:15 - 15:35       Coffee break

15:35 - 16:10      Paper presentation tracks - parallel sessions

16:10 - 16:45      Paper presentation tracks - parallel sessions

16:45 - 17:20      Paper presentation tracks - parallel sessions

18:15                   Boat trip: Korenlei 4A, Het Groene Boothuisje,  Gent.

                           Participants can also meet at the Hotel Ibis Gent Centrum St Baafs Kathedraal at 18:05 and walk to the venue together.

19:30                  Dinner: Brasserie De Foyer, Sint-Baafsplein 17,  Gent


Tuesday, May 8


9:00 - 9:35    Paper presentation tracks - parallel sessions

9:35 - 10:10    Paper presentation tracks - parallel sessions

10:10 - 10:45   Paper presentation tracks - parallel sessions

Coffee Break

11:05 - 11:40    Paper presentation tracks - parallel sessions

11:40 - 12:15    Paper presentation tracks - parallel sessions

12:15 -  12:50  Paper presentation tracks - parallel sessions


14:00 - 14:35  Paper presentation tracks - parallel sessions

14:35 - 15:10   Paper presentation tracks - parallel sessions

15:10               Closing remarks


Research teams of Petra Andries, Mirjam Knockaert, Sophie Manigart, Tom Vanacker and Jonas Lang

Travel information

From Brussels airport (Zaventem) to Ghent-Sint-Pieters railway station

  • By taxi: ±75 euro (for a taxi with three seats)
    travel takes approximately  45 minutes when traffic is smooth
  •  By train: 16 euro per person
    travel takes approximately 90 minutes
    Two trains to Ghent every hour. The first train leaves at three minutes past the hour, for example, 07:03, 08:03, 09:03,… and takes 55 minutes to get to Ghent. The second train leaves at half past, more specifically 07:25, 08:25, 09:25,….   You must get off the train in Ghent-Sint-Pieters railway station.
    For more information about the schedule or to book tickets in advance, you can check Remember to buy your ticket before entering the train, in order to prevent fines.

From Ghent-Sint-Pieters railway station to workshop location (STAM Gent)
Trains coming from Brussels Airport often arrive at the back of the station (platforms 8 till 12). These platforms are at the back of the station, so you should head towards platforms 1 till 6 to get to the entrance hall. Next, you leave the building through the front entrance. You have arrived at the Maria Hendrikaplein. From there you can

  • walk to the workshop location Stam - enter Stam Gent in Google maps to get a route description.
  • travel by tram: go to the left towards tram platform 2. Buy a single ticket at the ticket machine on the platform or in the ‘Lijnwinkel’, the store and information point in the yellow container building. You need cash (€3 p.p.). Take tram 1 at tram platform 2.  Get off the tram at the Van Nassaustraat.
  • take a taxi @ the kiss and ride under the Maria Hendrikaplein.


For the workshop, 20 rooms have been reserved at IBIS Gent Kathedraal. This three-star hotel is situated in the beautiful city center of Ghent, at walking distance from the workshop venue.

Particularly, the rooms can be reserved from May 6 until May 9, 2018 at the following prices:Ibis Belfort

  • Single room: €105 per room per night (breakfast + city tax included)
  • Double room: €123 per room per night (breakfast + city tax included)


In order to get this discount rate, please book your room by sending an email to (attn.: Sveinhildur Torfadottir), and specify the following booking code: « CERW 2018 ». Please note that these discount rates are valid until April 1, 2018.


Venue STAM Ghent - 7-8 May 2018

The workshop will be hosted at the Ghent city Museum STAM, Godshuizenlaan 2, Gent


Submission Guidelines

Full papers or extended abstracts should be sent to no later than March 1, 2018. Please make sure you include the title of your work, the author(s), affiliation(s) and correct contact information of the corresponding author. The organizing committee will consider both conceptual and empirical papers that fit in one or more of the four workshop themes. We will give preference to theoretically substantiated papers that clearly describe the methods used to collect and analyze the data. Authors of accepted papers will be informed by March 15, 2018.

Workshop Registration

Authors and coauthors of accepted papers can participate in the workshop. Participants are required to register and confirm participation here by April 1, 2018. Participation in this workshop is free of charge and includes two lunches (May 7 and 8) and one dinner (May 7). Participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and incidental expenses.


Important Dates

Deadline for submission paper/extended abstract: March 1, 2018

Communication of paper/extended abstract acceptance: March 15, 2018

Registration opening: March 15, 2018

End of registration: April 1, 2018

Final program: April 15, 2018

Distribution of papers to discussants: April 15, 2018