Welcome to the Global Entrepreneurship Development Centre (GEDC) first conference.

The GEDC is a global community on entrepreneurship research. It is the mission of the GEDC to raise levels of knowledge, theory and practice on entrepreneurship worldwide through the promotion of research.

The current partners in the GEDC include: Kingston University, UK; Zhejiang University, China; UNC Charlotte, USA; Robert Gordon University, UK; St Gallen University, Switzerland; Turku University, Finland; EGADE Tec de Monterrey, Mexico; Universidad EAFIT, Colombia; University of Chile, Chile; Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile; Linnaeus University, Sweden; Tel Hai University, Israel; Makerere University, Uganda, among others that are planning to join us during 2016-2017.

Members of the GEDC are involved in joint entrepreneurship research programs, joint PhD workshops and conferences, faculty exchanges and cooperation. The theme for this first conference is New Frontiers in International Entrepreneurship: Research and Practice to be held at Kingston Business School, London, UK on 5-7 October 2016.

Plenary session & research-intensive workshops

A plenary session with key speakers including Professors Pavlos Dimitratos (Glasgow), Kevin Ibeh (London), Pervez Ghauri (Birmingham), Zhongming Wang (Zhejiang) and Christian Felzensztein (Kingston) discussing the topic “IE and SMEs internationalization: new directions in developed and emerging economies” will be the opening session of the conference.

The intensive, two-day conference will serve as a platform for the GEDC members to network and discuss the further development of new theories and methodologies for better understanding of internationalizing entrepreneurial firms facing new internationalization challenges. Only unpublished papers are invited for presentation in the competitive sessions.

A selected list of papers will be considered for further publication in a special issue of the International Small Business Journal (IF: 1.8).  This 1st GEDC conference will include two best paper awards for competitive papers presented by PhD researchers or young scholars under 40, as well as the announcement of the next conference to be held during 2017 by another GEDC partner institution.

Doctoral Students, GEDC partners and Business plenary

Doctoral Candidates are encouraged to participate and present their work in the main conference. Kingston University Business School will offer conference fee waiver for contributing doctoral students and scholars from the GEDC partners’ institutions. International entrepreneurs will be invited to join and interact with scholars and share mutual perspective on IE and SMEs themes.

Key dates and submission:

Submit your extended abstract (about 1000 words) by July 1st to the track chairs:

  1. IE and SMEs internationalization in Latin America: Sascha Furst sfuerst@eafit.edu.co
  2. IE and SMEs internationalization in Africa: Ernest Abaho eabaho@mubs.ac.ug
  3. IE and SMEs internationalization in Asia: Hang Do H.Do@kingston.ac.uk
  4. Institutions and networks on IE and SMEs: Luciano Ciravegna Luciano.ciravegna@kcl.ac.uk
  5. GEM and new challenges on IE and SMEs: Ernesto Amoros amoros@itesm.mx
  6. Economy, SMEs and IE dynamics in Europe: George Saridakis G.Saridakis@kingston.ac.uk

Acceptance for presentation will be communicated by August 1st, 2016

Conference days: 5-7 October 2016

Conference Chair

Professor Christian Felzensztein
Director, Global Entrepreneurship Development Centre
Kingston University, UK c.felzensztein@kingston.ac.uk