ACERE not affected by bad weather

Based on media reports you may have concerns about flooding disrupting the conference and/or your stay in Brisbane. Please rest assured that this was a very minor flooding event. The rains stopped early Monday; there never was any flooding in the CBD; the sun is shining; air traffic was never affected, and the river and tributaries have already been receding for a couple of days now. Even at the most vulnerable hotel right by the river (and with a car park below ground level) it is business as usual. So you should not expect any disruptions to your ACERE 2013 experience due to the recent weather.

ACERE program now available!

The ACERE conference program has been scheduled! You can find it here. As you can see, we can look forward to interesting days with a keynote address by the always highly engaging Saras Sarasvathy  and paper sessions catering to interest ranging from New Venture Creation to Corporate Entrepreneurship and from Entrepreneurial Finance to Social Entrepreneurship – and far beyond!  Social, Psychological, Economic, Strategic, Philosophical, Theoretical as well as International, Gender and Policy perspectives on entrepreneurial phenomena are represented on the program.

We are excited that the ACERE main conference is to be held in newly established $230 million Science and Engineering Centre  in the heart of our CBD QUT Gardens Point campus.  Participants of the ACERE conference will be the first of many to experience this new construction.  ACERE participants will enjoy the stunning views of Brisbane River, Kangaroo Point cliffs and the City Botanic Gardens at the ACERE Awards Dinner to be held at Room Three-Sixty. The ACERE Committee has recently decided on the Best Paper Awards to be presented at the dinner. Worthy winner will receive awards in the following four categories: 1) Best Empirical Paper Using Qualitative Methods; 2) Best Empirical Paper Using Qualitative Methods, 3) Award for Outstanding paper on Small Enterprise Research, and 4) Award for Outstanding paper on International Entrepreneurship.

The Doctoral Consortium and the Paper Development Session immediately before and after the main conference are also taking shape, as per separate communications to the respective delegates. Immediately before the main event we also have the Policy Forum organized by SEEANZ.  Meet the Editors is and informal panel session based on Questions & Answers and will run on Thursday afternoon. The panellists are Dean Shepherd, Richard T Harrison, Per Davidsson.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming the 100+ participants in just a few weeks time!


Bootcamp Preparation for the Research Frontier

The 8th ACE research paper development conference, held December 18-20 at Tangalooma Resort on Moreton Island, , was deemed by all participants to be a great success. Affectionately known as ‘Bootcamp’ this event puts young (and some not-so-young) researchers through rigorous training by their colleagues and several highly-experienced journal editors and reviewers. I was one of a half dozen non-QUT researchers graciously allowed to participate – this may seem particularly gracious since I now work at Griffith across the river from QUT. But as Per Davidsson and I have previously agreed, we may compete for students but in research we can collaborate very effectively and a “rising tide lifts all the boats”.

Indeed that might have been the unofficial theme of the Bootcamp this year, as in previous years. Each person submitting a paper for review undertook to provide journal quality reviews for three other submitted papers. Thus each paper received three very thoughtful and constructive written reviews on their own paper, plus a round-table discussion of the research paper potentially attended by others as well as the formal reviewers. The purpose of this process is to refine the research papers such that they might save at least one round in the multi-round journal reviewing process. By uncovering perceived impediments to publication, authors are able to strengthen their arguments; correct methodological or other errors; be alerted to overlooked prior research, and generally polish the paper before submission to a refereed journal, raising the probability of a favourable outcome.

Unlike journal reviews which are ‘double-blind’, at the Bootcamp the author and the reviewers are known to each other, such that colleagues effectively contribute to each other’s papers, each with the general understanding that no matter how valuable their contribution, no co-authorships will be offered or taken as a result. This is selfless work, but nonetheless delivers valuable benefits to the reviewers as well as the authors – reviewers gain new insights into research issues that may be tangential to their own research areas, and identify other researchers and their interests with a view to collaboration on future research projects.

The celebrity visitors this year were Dev Jennings and Jennifer Jennings from the University of Alberta – each one is currently a Field Editor for the Journal of Business Venturing (JBV), as is Per Davidsson. In addition, Dev is a founding editor of Strategic Organization and an incoming editor of Administrative Science Quarterly. Dean Shepherd, the Chief Editor of JBV, is now a regular at these Bootcamps since becoming an Adjunct Professor at QUT. Each of the three invited celebrity authors and editors shared their wisdom in key note addresses to the assembled. Thus, adding Per we had the benefit of the knowledge and experience of four very high-powered editors from the field’s top journal.  This was a rare opportunity that I think happens nowhere else in the world – well, at least I was not invited!

The social side was also excellent, including good food and wine at dinners, feeding the dolphins, an excursion around the island, and plenty of chance for ACE members to engage with each other and the visiting academics from other Universities in a relaxed and collegial atmosphere. There was some pool played, which Per seemed to win a lot, not surprising perhaps as only he knows the rules! Behind the scenes prior to and throughout the conference was Karen, the calm and efficient organiser of the whole event. On behalf of the visiting academics at the Bootcamp, I thank especially Karen and Per for this tremendous event and we all look forward to the next one!

Many thanks to Evan Douglas, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Head of Department of Marketing, Griffith Business School for contributing this story.

To submit your expression of interest for the 2013 ACE Bootcamp please enter your details here

If you would like to hear what Gerry George, Harry Sazpienza, Tom Lumpkin and others have to say about the ACE Boot Camp then please view the videos on our ACE homepage


Small players mean big business … globally

Do you have a business with overseas customers and are willing to share some of your online tactics for international success? 

One of our own QUT researchers, and member of ACE, has launched a national survey into small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and is keen to hear from businesses with up to 200 employees who have delved into the international market.

Charmaine Glavas’s PhD study with the QUT Business School is examining how Australian firms have acclimatised to a changing global marketplace, particularly via their web presence.

“Small and medium sized firms play a significant role in the Australian business economy, accounting for 98% of enterprises and 84% of jobs,” Ms Glavas said.

“Despite this, most research in this area tends to focus on large multinational corporations.

“It used to be very difficult for smaller businesses to export their goods or services internationally but the internet has changed all that.

“Now there is a lot of academic research that suggests you really aren’t competing as a firm if you don’t exist in an online environment.

“It has also been suggested that Australia will rank in the top five OECD countries for the number of businesses using online internet capabilities with access to high speed broadband by 2020.

“I’m investigating how small and medium-sized firms have used technology and the internet to get into the global marketplace, and how these firms are sustaining successful international business.”

SMEs already involved in the study range from manufacturing and retail businesses to finance and professional business consultants.

Ms Glavas said her national online survey was open to Australian business owners with 1 to 200 employees who export their goods or services to international markets.

To obtain a link for the 10-minute survey, email or click here. Surveys should be completed by the end of February.

Congratulations to Rob Perrons !

In December, Rob Perrons was elected as a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in London, England.  Dating back to the middle of the 19th century, the IMechE is a governing body that shapes the profession of engineering around the world and helps to disseminate knowledge in this domain.  Independent of both government and business, the IMechE acts as an advisor and advocate on a broad range of engineering-related issues, including energy, the environment, transport, manufacturing, and education.  Rob’s election as a Fellow was largely due to his work in the energy domain, including extensive research looking at the unique challenges faced by small firms and venture capital within the energy sector.