Invitation to ACE Research Seminar – Entrepreneurship, sustainability and resilience

Entrepreneurship, sustainability and resilience

Friday 28 November 2014 ~ 10:00 to 11:30 am ~ QUT Gardens Point Campus – Brisbane

Presented by Brendan Gray, Professor of Marketing, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Sustainable entrepreneurship is an emerging field that investigates potential solutions to environmental, social and/or economic problems. It also provides a conceptual link between entrepreneurship and sustainable development (Parrish 2010). This means that any improvements in human well-being need to be undertaken within the limits of natural systems (Hall, Daneke, and Lenox 2010). Thus, sustainable entrepreneurs face a major challenge: how to sustain nature, sources of life support and communities while also attempting to develop economic, health and sociocultural gains (Shepherd and Patzelt 2011)?

Sustainability focuses on behavioural changes that help return unstable system to a steady state. However, it is questionable whether this is a realistic goal, particularly for climate-threatened communities (Gray et al 2014). Ecologists are more concerned with resilience, which focuses on adaptation to exogenous shocks (Whiteman, Walker, and Perego 2013). Resilience also resonates with the entrepreneurial concepts of bricolage, effectuation and improvisation (Fisher 2012). 

Researchers have examined the resilience of entrepreneurs to a variety of challenges. However, few studies have investigated how entrepreneurship development agencies can improve the economic and sociocultural resilience of climate-threatened communities. In this presentation, Brendan Gray discusses recent research into the business models of community-based entrepreneurship development organisations in Samoa and Tonga. He uses this context to explore questions of entrepreneurship, sustainability and resilience in challenging environments. 

Brendan Gray is a Professor of Marketing and was formerly Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Otago. He teaches marketing management, international marketing, public relations and sustainable entrepreneurship. While his former research into how to improve the international competitiveness of service firms focused on the “profit” side of business, he has balanced this with his current interest in “social” issues, such as how community-based entrepreneurship can improve the resilience of entrepreneurs, their families and communities in climate-threatened contexts.   

For catering and seating purposes please email Karen Taylor if you wish to attend

Forum: Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Regional Development: Bridging the Valley of Death and Capturing Value in Region

Entrepreneurs, new venture supporters, funders and governments worldwide want to create places that stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship that foster economic development and growth. The question is how?

We know that entrepreneurial ecosystems such as that experienced in Silicon Valley work. We also know that not many (if any) places are like Silicon Valley. The ecosystems that support and sustain entrepreneurship in different places will each have a unique set of characteristics. So, in creating a successful entrepreneurial ecosystem finding the right unique set of characteristics is crucial. In this regard everybody has a responsibility.

No matter where you are, the region you occupy will have a level of entrepreneurial activity which serves local needs and will have links with international markets. The Forum aims to raise and discuss issues concerning policy challenges and approaches to stimulate Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, using the local Adelaide movement as a case study.

The forum will focus on how each contributor can help to address localised issues while gathering international perspectives on what others do. This is your chance to have a say in how your ecosystems are formed. 

Outstanding keynote academics, including Professors David Audretsch (USA), David Storey (UK) will feature, as well as our own local academic team Professor Göran Roos and Dr Allan O’Connor.

The Forum is timed to coincide with the 2015 Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange (ACERE) to be held at the University of Adelaide from 3 – 6 February 2015.

This is an annual Australian research conference that attracts leading international scholars and provides a platform that allows attendees to share ideas about entrepreneurship and what makes it work.

The timing of the Forum means that an international mix of world-class entrepreneurship scholars will also be participating and adding new perspectives to enhance our understanding of our unique entrepreneurial ecosystem.

To register for the Forum to be held on Tuesday 3 February 2015 at the Adelaide Conventions Centre  CLICK HERE.

The Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Regional Development: Bridging the Valley of Death and Capturing Value in Regions Policy Forum is supported by DIMTRE, Adelaide City Council and ECIC.

Dimensions of Innovation presentations now available online

On 17 October 2014, QUT was pleased to host two of the world’s leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship research, Harvard Business School Professor, Josh Lerner and Professor Adam Jaffe.

This event explored how government policy can support firm and industry innovation; the capabilities organisations require to respond to turbulent environments; and how entrepreneurs recognise and pursue opportunities through the formation of new independent or corporate ventures. The presenters were Harvard Business School Professor and head of the Harvard Business School Entrepreneurial Management unit, Professor Josh Lerner, and Professor Adam Jaffe formerly at Harvard and now Director of Motu, New Zealand’s leading non-profit economic and public policy research institute. This sharing of their world leading research on entrepreneurship and innovation was followed by QUT led panel discussion.

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Small Business Week presentations now available online

The Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research at the QUT Business School hosted three events to inspire and build business as part of 2014 Queensland Small Business Week, an initiative supporting and celebrating the important role of small business in the Queensland economy.

Presented by Professor Per Davidsson, Director, Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research, and Dr Scott Gordon, Research Fellow, Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research: This seminar reports some main findings from the Comprehensive Australian Study of Entrepreneurial Emergence, which is the largest study of business start-ups ever undertaken in Australia.

Well over a thousand emerging and young firms were followed over a six-year period. Four doctoral dissertations; eight reports to the federal Department of Industry, and a range of other works have been written on the basis of this project. The seminar will cover the dos and don’ts of business planning; low-cost strategies to start a business; the challenges of innovation; more vs. less successful start-up processes, and a number of other topics.

 you tube small     The creation process: What works and doesn’t work for Australian start-ups?

you tube small      Small Firm Growth: Lessons from systematic research

you tube small      Entrepreneurship in Australia